pis·​ta·​chio | \ pə-ˈsta-sh(ē-ˌ)ō How to pronounce pistachio (audio) , -ˈstä- How to pronounce pistachio (audio) \
plural pistachios

Definition of pistachio

: a small Asian tree (Pistacia vera) of the cashew family whose drupaceous fruit contains a greenish edible seed also : its seed

Examples of pistachio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raisins, cinnamon, and cream cheese frosting get the boot and brown-butter pistachios, cardamom, and sticky carrot glaze take center stage. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Toothpicks Are the Only Cake Testers You Need," 31 Mar. 2020 They can be combined with nuts -- including my favorite, omega-3 rich walnuts -- or almonds, cashews, pistachios, peanuts or pecans. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Grocery rules for your coronavirus lockdown: Buy beans, freeze milk, don't hoard, and more," 17 Mar. 2020 Nuts: Pick up a variety of nuts, such as pistachios, pecans, walnuts, peanuts and almonds. NBC News, "Staying home due to the coronavirus? Here's what to stock in your fridge and pantry," 12 Mar. 2020 Remove from the heat and add the pistachios, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and pinch of red pepper flakes, if using. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "Here’s a roasted squash recipe you’ll be proud to serve to company — or keep all to yourself," 20 Oct. 2019 In Lebanon, new mothers and their visitors eat meghli, rice pudding garnished with slivered almonds, pistachio and grated coconut, which is said to improve lactation, immunity and overall health. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "By feeding my sister, a new mother, I found a new way to connect," 7 May 2020 Look for nine different flavors including lemon-poppy seed, horchata, piña colada with pistachios and blueberry-bourbon-basil, as well as mini vegan cake donuts. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "How to get Salt & Straw, Blue Star Donuts, more at home during coronavirus crisis," 9 Apr. 2020 The six-part series also revealed the growing footprint of out-of-state companies and investment funds that have set up vast farms in Arizona to grow hay, corn, pistachios and other crops. Ian James, azcentral, "Amid groundwater crisis, Ducey defends Arizona's protections," 17 Jan. 2020 For dessert, a dulce de leche panna cotta with chocolate sauce and candied pistachios. oregonlive, "Portland’s 33 best $33 dining month menus," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of pistachio

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pistachio

Italian pistacchio, from Latin pistacium pistachio nut, from Greek pistakion, from pistakē pistachio tree, of Iranian origin; akin to Persian pistah pistachio tree

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The first known use of pistachio was in 1598

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“Pistachio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistachio. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pistachio

: a small green nut


pis·​ta·​chio | \ pə-ˈsta-shē-ˌō How to pronounce pistachio (audio) \
plural pistachios

Kids Definition of pistachio

: the greenish edible seed of a small Asian tree

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