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pitcher1

[pich-er]
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noun
  1. a container, usually with a handle and spout or lip, for holding and pouring liquids.
  2. Botany.
    1. a pitcherlike modification of the leaf of certain plants.
    2. an ascidium.
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Origin of pitcher1

1250–1300; Middle English picher < Old French pichier < Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicārium beaker
Related formspitch·er·like, adjective
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pitcher2

[pich-er]
noun
  1. a person who pitches.
  2. Baseball. the player who throws the ball to the opposing batter.
  3. Also called number seven iron. Golf. a club with an iron head the face of which has more slope than a mashie but less slope than a pitching niblick.
  4. sett(def 1).
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Origin of pitcher2

First recorded in 1700–10; pitch1 + -er1

Pitcher

[pich-er]
noun
  1. MollyMary Ludwig Hays McCauley, 1754–1832, American Revolutionary heroine.
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British Dictionary definitions for pitcher

pitcher1

noun
  1. a large jug, usually rounded with a narrow neck and often of earthenware, used mainly for holding water
  2. botany any of the urn-shaped leaves of the pitcher plant
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French pichier, from Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicārium beaker

pitcher2

noun
  1. baseball the player on the fielding team who pitches the ball to the batter
  2. a granite stone or sett used in paving
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Word Origin and History for pitcher

n.1

"earthen jug," c.1200, from Old French pichier (12c.), altered from bichier, from Medieval Latin bicarium, probably from Greek bikos "earthen vessel" (see beaker). Pitcher-plant is recorded from 1819; so called for its resemblance.

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n.2

"one who pitches," 1722, agent noun from pitch (v.1). Originally of one tossing hay into a wagon, etc.; baseball sense first recorded 1845.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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