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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The flames were 30 feet tall, said Hansen, whose company near Fresno, California, grows grapes, pistachios and almonds. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Boat owner describes saving distressed crew members after Santa Cruz Island boat fire," 2 Sep. 2019 In another salad Head to south Denver for this summer salad topped with peaches, strawberries, basil, arugula, mint, goat cheese, pistachio and a raspberry vinaigrette. Josie Sexton, The Know, "From peach foie gras to boozy slushies, 20 ways to eat peaches at Denver restaurants right now," 28 Aug. 2019 Wrapping the trunks of new red oaks, maples, Chinese pistachios and other thin bark trees with paper tree wrap is not the proper answer. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Trees can get sunburned and overheated, too. Here's how to protect them," 27 Aug. 2019 Add cooled barley, raisins, cilantro, and pistachios and gently toss to combine. America’s Test Kitchen, The Denver Post, "Barley makes up the base for this unique, toothy salad," 1 Aug. 2019 At her feet were her campaign must-haves: an ivory canvas bag containing door cards; stickers; a glass bottle filled with iced green tea; pistachios and other snacks; and a book of daily Scripture readings. New York Times, "A Battle of the Sexes in North Carolina Fuels a Wider Republican Clash," 7 July 2019 Jayden loves grits and mint pistachio and chocolate chip ice cream. BostonGlobe.com, "Jayden enjoys helping out others," 7 July 2019 Add cooled barley, raisins, cilantro, and pistachios and gently toss to combine. Washington Post, "Barley makes up the base for this unique, toothy salad," 1 July 2019 These also qualify as tree nuts: almonds, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, chestnuts, beechnuts, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, pine nuts (pinon or pignoli) and gingko nuts. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "My child's in a nut-free class. Now what? A back-to-school guide on safe snacks," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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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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