One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Aboriginal container made of wood or bark, used for holding liquids or goods, or carrying a baby.‘they all drink from the pitchi, including the boy’
- ‘She placed fruits and nuts in the pitchis.’
- ‘There are still a few mouthfuls of water in the pitchi.’
- ‘They used a hardwood pitchi of very symmetrical form.’
- ‘The lead was taken by the widow carrying a wooden pitchi.’
- ‘They carefully pour the seed down into the larger pitchi at their feet.’
- ‘The concavity is of considerable depth and renders the pitchi useful for carrying water in.’
- ‘The great majority of the pitchis are of soft wood.’
- ‘It is a snapshot of a man busy making a pitchi.’
- ‘She thrusts the pitchi under the arms and on to the lap of each one in turn.’
- ‘They gathered the grubs, cooked them, and placed them in a small wooden pitchi.’
Late 19th century: from Western Desert language and neighbouring languages bidi.
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