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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

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Subsequently, a depression develops in the surrounding mesenchyme on each side of the two nasal placodes, thereby forming two olfactory pits or gutters.
By its nose: Water flows in through one of two olfactory pits (nostrils not connected to the throat) and flows out the other.
Who would have thought that such a delightful treasure trove of a book could have resulted from plumbing the depths of understanding of the olfactory pits inside the nose--once thought to be vestigial organs?

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