from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tankard covered inside with pitch.


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  • *blecch*

    February 4, 2009

  • A tankard covered inside with pitch. The pitch gives a flavor and perhaps medicinal value to the beverage which the tankard contains.

    Pitch tankards are still used in Germany with certain kinds of beer, such as Lichtenhainer. The modern german pitch-tankards are made of wooden staves held together by wooden hoops, as the ancient English pitch-tankards were made in the same way.

    February 4, 2009