jew's pitch


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jew \Jew\ (j[=u] or j[udd]; 277), n. [OF. Juis, pl., F. Juif, L.
   Judaeus, Gr. 'Ioydai^os, fr. 'Ioydai`a the country of the
   Jews, Judea, fr. Heb. Y[e^]h[=u]d[=a]h Judah, son of Jacob.
   Cf. Judaic.]
   1. Originally, one belonging to the tribe or kingdom of
      Judah; after the return from the Babylonish captivity, any
      member of the new state; a Hebrew; an Israelite.
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   2. An adherent of Judaism.
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   Jew's frankincense, gum styrax, or benzoin.

   Jew's mallow (Bot.), an annual herb (Corchorus olitorius)
      cultivated in Syria and Egypt as a pot herb, and in India
      for its fiber.

   Jew's pitch, asphaltum; bitumen.

   The Wandering Jew, an imaginary personage, who, for his
      cruelty to Christ during his passion, is doomed to wander
      on the earth till Christ's second coming.

   Wandering Jew, any of several house plants of the genera
      Zebrina and Tradescantia having white-striped leaves,
      especially the creeping plants Zebrina pendula and
      Tradescantia fluminensis.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pitch \Pitch\, n. [OE. pich, AS. pic, L. pix; akin to Gr. ?.]
   1. A thick, black, lustrous, and sticky substance obtained by
      boiling down tar. It is used in calking the seams of
      ships; also in coating rope, canvas, wood, ironwork, etc.,
      to preserve them.
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            He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.
                                                  --Ecclus.
                                                  xiii. 1.
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   2. (Geol.) See Pitchstone.
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   Amboyna pitch, the resin of Dammara australis. See
      Kauri.

   Burgundy pitch. See under Burgundy.

   Canada pitch, the resinous exudation of the hemlock tree
      (Abies Canadensis); hemlock gum.

   Jew's pitch, bitumen.

   Mineral pitch. See Bitumen and Asphalt.

   Pitch coal (Min.), bituminous coal.

   Pitch peat (Min.), a black homogeneous peat, with a waxy
      luster.

   Pitch pine (Bot.), any one of several species of pine,
      yielding pitch, esp. the Pinus rigida of North America.
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