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1pith

noun \ˈpith\

: the white covering that is found under the skin of oranges, lemons, etc.

: the most important part of something

Full Definition of PITH

1
a :  a usually continuous central strand of spongy tissue in the stems of most vascular plants that probably functions chiefly in storage
b :  any of various loose spongy plant tissues that resemble true pith
c :  the soft or spongy interior of a part of the body
2
a :  the essential part :  core
b :  substantial quality (as of meaning)
3

Examples of PITH

  1. <finally got to the pith of the discussion>

Origin of PITH

Middle English, from Old English pitha; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German pit pith, pit
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with PITH

2pith

verb

Definition of PITH

transitive verb
1
a :  to kill (as cattle) by piercing or severing the spinal cord
b :  to destroy the spinal cord or central nervous system of (as a frog) usually by passing a wire or needle up and down the vertebral canal
2
:  to remove the pith from (a plant stem)

First Known Use of PITH

1805

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem
PITH Defined for Kids

pith

noun \ˈpith\

Definition of PITH for Kids

1
:  the loose spongy tissue forming the center of the stem in most plants
2
:  the important part <the pith of the problem>
Medical Dictionary

pith

transitive verb \ˈpith\

Medical Definition of PITH

1
:  to kill (as cattle) by piercing or severing the spinal cord
2
:  to destroy the spinal cord or central nervous system of (as a frog) usually by passing a wire or needle up and down the vertebral canal

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