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Molly pitcher

[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/

Molly (Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) 1754–1832, American Revolutionary heroine.
a large jug, usually rounded with a narrow neck and often of earthenware, used mainly for holding water
(botany) any of the urn-shaped leaves of the pitcher plant
(baseball) the player on the fielding team who pitches the ball to the batter
a granite stone or sett used in paving

“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.

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

a vessel for containing liquids. In the East pitchers were usually carried on the head or shoulders (Gen. 24:15-20; Judg. 7:16, 19; Mark 14:13).

see: little pitchers have big ears


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