pistachio

noun
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

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Spoon rhubarb and dressing over each salad and top with pistachios and ricotta salata. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Rhubarb and Citrus Salad with Black Pepper Vinaigrette," 2 May 2019 The entrée was a choice between lamb with asparagus or seabass with pistachio, followed by an assortment of mini desserts. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 To coat dough logs, combine sanding sugar with 2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 After browsing, visitors can sit at one of 10 tiny tables for a house-made tart (egg, almond or pistachio). Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Where to Shop (and Eat) in São Miguel, Portugal," 9 May 2018 Those products include almonds, pistachios and wine, which are major California exports. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Trump's trade war won't achieve what he wants, but it will hurt American workers and consumers," 5 Apr. 2018 Or tops them with jalapeño, lime, mint, parsley, and toasted pistachios. Sunset, "5 Killer Ideas for a Big-Batch Feast," 22 Jan. 2018 Cedric Grolet, meanwhile, had created the dessert—a bowl of dates, with the one on top proving to be a trompe l’oeil molded from chocolate and filled with an ambrosial paste of rose and pistachio. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 Gently toss with butter and vinegar and sprinkle with pistachios. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spice-Roasted Carrots," 23 Oct. 2018

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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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pistachio

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pistachio

: a small green nut

pistachio

noun
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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