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ὄρχη and ὕρχα). A vessel of earthenware shaped like an amphora (q. v.), but somewhat

Orca. (Rich.)

smaller, used for holding pickles, oil, wine, or figs. It was also employed by children in playing a game of skill (τρόπα; Anglicé, “cherry-pit,” “pitchin-the-hole”), in which the player tried to pitch nuts or cherry-pits into the narrow opening from a distance. See Persius, iii. 50, with Gildersleeve's note, and Shakspeare, Twelfth Night, iii. 4.

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