I saw that word from a novel 'Baker's blue-jay yarn' by Mark Twain. And here is the sentence.

"He never stopped to take a look anymore - he just hove 'em in and went for more. Well, at last he could hardly flop his wings, he was so tuckered out. He comes a-dropping down, once more, sweating like an ice pitcher, drops his acorn in and says."

Is the author saying 'ice pitcher' to describe how sweaty the bird is? Because I searched 'pitcher' and the dictionary said it is a kind of kitchen utensils.

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An ice pitcher is a pitcher containing ice or icewater.

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In hot, humid weather—which we get a lot of in summer along Twain's Mississippi River—water condenses on the outside of the pitcher, so it appears to sweat.

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