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noun \ˈpəlp\

Simple Definition of pulp

  • : the inner, juicy part of a fruit or vegetable

  • : the substance that is left after the liquid has been squeezed from a fruit or vegetable

  • : a soft, wet substance that is made by crushing something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pulp

  1. 1 a (1) :  the soft, succulent part of a fruit usually composed of mesocarp (2) :  stem pith when soft and spongy b :  a soft mass of vegetable matter (as of apples) from which most of the water has been extracted by pressure c :  the soft sensitive tissue that fills the central cavity of a tooth — see tooth illustration d :  a material prepared by chemical or mechanical means from various materials (as wood or rags) for use in making paper and cellulose products

  2. 2 :  pulverized ore mixed with water

  3. 3 a :  pulpy condition or character b :  something in such a condition or having such a character

  4. 4 :  a magazine or book printed on cheap paper (as newsprint) and often dealing with sensational material; also :  sensational or tabloid writing —often used attributively <pulp fiction>

pulpiness play \ˈpəl-pē-nəs\ noun
pulpy play \ˈpəl-pē\ adjective

Examples of pulp in a sentence

  1. The fruit has sweet, juicy pulp and hard, black seeds.

  2. the pulp of an orange

  3. I like to strain the pulp out of my orange juice.

  4. The grain was mashed into pulp.

  5. The boxes will be turned back into pulp and be made into newspapers.

  6. This paper is made from inexpensive wood pulp.

  7. He made a little extra money by writing stories for a science fiction pulp.

Origin of pulp

Middle English pulpe, from Latin pulpa flesh, pulp

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with pulp




Simple Definition of pulp

  • : to crush (something) until it is soft and wet : to make (something) into pulp

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pulp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce to pulp <pulped unsold copies of the book>

  3. 2 :  to cause to appear pulpy

  4. 3 :  to deprive of the pulp

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become pulp or pulpy

pulper noun

Examples of pulp in a sentence

  1. <pulped three oranges to get their juice>


First Known Use of pulp


PULP Defined for Kids


noun \ˈpəlp\

Definition of pulp for Students

  1. 1 :  the soft juicy or moist part of a fruit or vegetable <the pulp of an orange>

  2. 2 :  the part of a fruit or vegetable that is left after the liquid has been squeezed from it <apple pulp>

  3. 3 :  a material prepared usually from wood or rags and used in making paper

  4. 4 :  the soft sensitive tissue inside a tooth

  5. 5 :  a seriously injured or damaged state <He was beaten to a pulp.>

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈpəlp\

Medical Definition of pulp

  1. :  a mass of soft tissue: asa:  dental pulpb:  the characteristic somewhat spongy tissue of the spleenc:  the fleshy portion of the fingertip

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