a lightly covered and unnoticeable pit prepared as a trap for people or animals.
any trap or danger for the unwary:
the pitfall of excessive pride.
an unsuspected difficulty or danger
a trap in the form of a concealed pit, designed to catch men or wild animals
c.1300, “concealed hole,” a type of animal trap, from pit (n.1) + fall (n.). Extended sense of “any hidden danger” is first recorded early 15c.
noun, Archaeology. 1. a shallow grave hollowed out of a bed of rock or the floor of a tholos.
[pith] /pɪθ/ noun 1. Botany. the soft, spongy central cylinder of parenchymatous tissue in the stems of dicotyledonous plants. 2. Zoology. the soft inner part of a feather, a hair, etc. 3. the important or essential part; essence; core; heart: the pith of the matter. 4. significant weight; substance; solidity: an argument without pith. 5. […]
[pit-hed] /ˈpɪtˌhɛd/ noun 1. a mine entrance and the surrounding area. /ˈpɪtˌhɛd/ noun 1. the top of a mine shaft and the buildings, hoisting gear, etc, situated around it
[pith-i-kan-thruh-poid, -kuh n-throh-poid] /ˌpɪθ ɪˈkæn θrəˌpɔɪd, -kənˈθroʊ pɔɪd/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or resembling the former genus Pithecanthropus or one of its members.