Shortening of fitchew.
fitch (plural fitches)
- (obsolete) A word found in the Authorized Version of the Bible, representing different Hebrew originals. In Isaiah xxviii. 25, 27, it means the black aromatic seeds of Nigella sativa. In Ezekiel iv. 9, the Revised Version now reads "spelt".
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for fitch in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)