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pitchfork

[ pich-fawrk ]
/ ˈpɪtʃˌfɔrk /
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noun
a large, long-handled fork for manually lifting and pitching hay, stalks of grain, etc.
pitchforks, Northern U.S. beggar's-lice, especially the achenes of Spanish needles.
verb (used with object)
to pitch or throw with or as if with a pitchfork.
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Origin of pitchfork

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at pitch1, fork
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British Dictionary definitions for pitchfork

pitchfork
/ (ˈpɪtʃˌfɔːk) /

noun
a long-handled fork with two or three long curved tines for lifting, turning, or tossing hay
verb (tr)
to use a pitchfork on (something)
to thrust (someone) unwillingly into a position
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