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 Treasury Department on Wednesday revoked licenses that allowed U.S.-controlled foreign firms to export commercial aircraft parts to Iran as well as permit Americans to trade in Iranian carpets, pistachios and caviar. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "US begins to dismantle Iran nuclear deal sanctions relief," 27 June 2018 Traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla will still be offered, but there are also flavors such as coffee and doughnut, cornbread and apple tartin, sweet cream and peach, and strawberry toasted pistachio. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hot ice cream sandwich on Proper’s menu in Delray," 26 June 2018 Among the choices is this beautiful parsnip veloute, with pistachios and cocoa nibs for texture and a dollop of creme fraiche for heft. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018 Stir in cranberries, pistachios and zest just until blended. Woman's Day, "Cranberry-Pistachio Muffins," 24 Jan. 2012 At a picnic table, Wayne set up the book, and then with some pistachios, baited in a ground squirrel (which looks like a chipmunk with the stripes on its sides, but without stripes on its head). Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "At summer campsite, cute squirrels can go rogue," 9 July 2018 Garnish each pastry with a glaceed cherry or candied orange peel and a little shower of grated chocolate or chopped pistachios. Domenica Marchetti, chicagotribune.com, "How to make fried Sicilian St. Joseph's Day treat called sfince," 16 Mar. 2018 Look for already shelled pistachios in produce departments. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Five finalists vie for 'Best Cupcake Ever' in contest to support literacy," 22 Apr. 2018 New oaks and Chinese pistachios must always be protected with paper tree wrap for their first two summers in our landscapes. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Young oaks and pistachios need to be protected from sunscald," 6 July 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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