n. Voracious s. American freshwater fish. [portuguese]
n. (pl. -nae or -s) 1 stone basin near the altar in a church for draining water used in rinsing the chalice etc.
- fish-pond. [latin, from piscis fish]
(also pitter-patter) —adv. - with a sound like quick light steps.
- falteringly (heart went pit-a-pat). —n. Such a sound. [imitative]
battle n. - vigorous argument etc.
- planned battle between sides in prepared positions and on chosen ground.
- roof n. Sloping roof.
n. Large jug with a lip and a handle. [related to *beaker]
- n. Player who delivers the ball in baseball.
adj. Deserving or arousing pity; wretched. piteously adv. Piteousness n. [romanic: related to *pity]
n. - unsuspected danger or drawback.
- covered pit for trapping animals.
n. - top of a mineshaft.
- area surrounding this (also attrib.: pit-head ballot).
adj. - causing pity.
- contemptible. pitifully adv.
—n. Large notice for public display. —v. Set up placards on (a wall etc.). [french from dutch placken glue (v.)]