vessel of earthenware shaped like an amphora
(q. v.), but somewhat
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
, iii. 4.