AskDefine | Define ewer

Dictionary Definition

ewer n : an open vessel with a handle and a spout for pouring [syn: pitcher]

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English

Etymology

From eviere < aquaria< Latin aquarius < Latin aqua

Noun

  1. A kind of widemouthed pitcher or jug

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Extensive Definition

A pitcher is a container with a spout used for pouring its contents. Pitch was traditionally used to help caulk the seams of wooden sailing vessels. It was heated, then put into a container with a very long spout and poured over rope fibers which had first been "paid" (pressed) into the gap. The word pitcher is said to derive from this long spouted container used to pour hot pitch. Several phrases in popular use today date to this maritime usage. The term "the devil to pay" is said to derive from this usage. The full phrase was "the devil to pay, and no pitch hot". The "devil" in question being the most outward plank, the most difficult one to caulk.
An ewer is a pitcher, often decorated, with a base, oval body, and flaring spout. A famous example is the America's Cup trophy.

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See also

ewer in Tumbuka: Dagu
ewer in Spanish: Aguamanil
ewer in French: Pichet
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