American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Botany The soft, spongelike, central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants, composed mainly of parenchyma.
- n. Zoology The soft inner substance of a feather or hair.
- n. The essential or central part; the heart or essence. See Synonyms at substance.
- n. Strength; vigor; mettle.
- n. Significance; importance.
- n. Archaic Spinal cord or bone marrow.
- v. To remove the pith from (a plant stem).
- v. To sever or destroy the spinal cord of, usually by inserting a needle into the vertebral canal.
- v. To kill (cattle) by cutting the spinal cord.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the medulla, or central cylinder, composed of typical parenchymatous tissue, which occupies the center of the stems of dicotyledonous plants. By Gris the cells of pith have been divided into
- n. In. anatomy: The spinal cord or marrow; the medulla spinalis.
- n. The central or medullary core of a hair.
- n. Strength; vigor; force.
- n. Energy; concentrated force; closeness and vigor of thought and style.
- n. Condensed substance or matter; quintessence.
- n. Weight; moment; importance.
- To introduce an instrument into the cranial or spinal cavity of (an animal, as a frog), and destroy the cerebrospinal axis or a part of it.
- n. The soft interior portion of the shaft of a feather.
- n. The soft spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees.
- n. figuratively The essential or vital part.
- v. transitive To extract the pith from (a plant stem or tree).
- v. transitive To kill (especially cattle or laboratory animals) by cutting or piercing the spinal cord.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The soft spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees, especially those of the dicotyledonous or exogenous classes. It consists of cellular tissue.
- n. (Zoöl.) The spongy interior substance of a feather.
- n. (Anat.) The spinal cord; the marrow.
- n. Hence: The which contains the strength of life; the vital or essential part; concentrated force; vigor; strength; importance.
- v. (Physiol.) To destroy the central nervous system of (an animal, as a frog), as by passing a stout wire or needle up and down the vertebral canal.
- n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
- n. soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants
- v. remove the pith from (a plant)
- Old English piþa, from Proto-Germanic *piþan (compare West Frisian piid 'pulp, kernel', Dutch peen 'carrot', Low German Peddik 'pulp, core'), from earlier *piþō (oblique *pittan). Doublet of pit. The verb meaning "to kill by cutting or piercing the spinal cord" is attested 1805. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English pitha. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now scoop the pith from the shells as much as you can.”
“Not a lot of guys in pith helmets learning much more local dialogue than “tea, white” and “boots, polish”.”
“In article 8, neither the word pith, nor any expression alluding to it, occurs.”
“2. How to make zest: Zesting a lemon is getting the colored outer layer of the peel off, without taking the white part with it, which is called the pith.”
“With a sharp knife, remove as much white pith from the lemon peels as is possible; the edge of a teaspoon works well to remove pith from a lemon’s top or bottom end.”
“In Vajrayana Buddhism, such words are called pith instructions or heart wisdom.”
“Water is poured on the mass of pith, which is kneaded and pressed against the strainer till the starch is all dissolved and has passed through, when the fibrous refuse is thrown away, and a fresh basketful put in its place.”
“When peeling an orange, make sure to remove all the white membrane, called the pith.”
“The pith, which is even eatable in its natural state, is taken from the trunk of the tree, and thrown into a vessel placed over a horse-hair sieve; water is then thrown over the mass, and the finer parts of the pith pass through the sieve; the liquor thus obtained is left to settle.”
A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery. With a Short Explanation of Some of the Principal Natural Phenomena. For the Use of Schools and Families. Enlarged and Revised Edition.
“A fecula is washed from the abundant pith, which is chemically a starch, very demulcent, and more digestible than that of rice.”
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