One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An outer covering for a baby; = pilch. Now chiefly Australian and NZ (usually in plural).
A number of felts used in pressing quires of handmade paper.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). Extended form of pilch, with apparently arbitrary ending<br>1920s; earliest use found in World's Paper Trade Review. Origin uncertain; probably related to pilch; compare pilcher.
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