from The Century Dictionary.

  • To murmur; patter.
  • noun One who removes pits or stones from fruit.
  • noun An implement for removing the stones from such fruit as plums and peaches; a fruit-stoner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A contrivance for removing the pits from peaches, plums, and other stone fruit.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To make a pattering sound; to murmur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun See pitter-patter.
  • noun A device that removes pits from fruit such as olives or cherries.
  • verb To make a pattering sound.


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