pis·​ta·​chio | \pə-ˈsta-sh(ē-ˌ)ō, -ˈstä- \
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 government, which announced the plan in August, will spend nearly half of the $1.2 billion to buy pork products, and roughly $90 million each for apples, pistachios and dairy products. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Food Banks Reap Unexpected Bounty From Trade Disputes," 5 Oct. 2018 Hop from Germack for roasted pistachios and coffee, to Eastern Market Brewing Co. for local craft beers, and round it out at Supino for a slice of pizza. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse pistachios and garlic to finely chop. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Seared Summer Squash with Pistachio Pesto," 25 July 2018 Top with pistachios and Parmesan; drizzle with oil. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Orecchiette with Buttermilk, Peas, and Pistachios," 28 May 2018 It's also infused with notes of pistachio and salted caramel, so your skin will not only feel supple but smell delicious, too. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Sol de Janeiro Just Restocked Its Sold-Out Biggie Biggie Bum Bum Cream," 27 Sep. 2018 Add 3 cloves garlic and ⅓ cup chopped pistachios, and pulse to roughly chop. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "6 Fresh Takes on Pesto," 3 Aug. 2018 Top with the crispy San Daniele ham and pistachios and serve. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Disguise the greens to beat boring salads this summer," 31 May 2018 Menu highlights include apricots and Meyer lemon ricottawith crushed pistachios and Fresno chile; and lobster chopped salad with fava beans, cherry tomatoes, avocado and smoked bacon. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of pistachio

: a small green nut


pis·​ta·​chio | \pə-ˈsta-shē-ˌō \
plural pistachios

Kids Definition of pistachio

: the greenish edible seed of a small Asian tree

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