Pitch"er (?), n. [OE. picher, OF.
pichier, OHG. pehhar, pehhāri; prob. of the
same origin as E. beaker. Cf. Beaker.]
1. A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding
liquids, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or
jar with a large ear or handle.
2. (Bot.) A tubular or cuplike
appendage or expansion of the leaves of certain plants.
American pitcher plants, the species of
Sarracenia. See Sarracenia. -- Australian pitcher
plant, the Cephalotus follicularis, a low
saxifragaceous herb having two kinds of radical leaves, some
oblanceolate and entire, others transformed into little ovoid
pitchers, longitudinally triple-winged and ciliated, the mouth covered
with a lid shaped like a cockleshell. -- California
pitcher plant, the Darlingtonia California. See
Darlingtonia. -- Pitcher plant, any
plant with the whole or a part of the leaves transformed into pitchers
or cuplike organs, especially the species of Nepenthes. See
Pitch"er (?), n. 1.
One who pitches anything, as hay, quoits, a ball, etc.;
specifically (Baseball), the player who delivers the ball to
2. A sort of crowbar for digging. [Obs.]