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 In its 2022 forecast, Farrow & Ball, a pricier British paint brand, tagged Breakfast Room Green (No.81), which is actually close to the color of my basil-pistachio vinaigrette. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Sep. 2021 The two hop in the Oracle’s truck to see 2,000 acres of new pistachio and almond trees, planted after the last drought on degraded cattle land in the San Joaquin Valley, with the help of three wells each dug at least 500 feet deep. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Floral consists of pistachio, rose, walnut, sesame, coconut and cardamom. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Some drinks feel like dessert in themselves, such as the White Rabbit ($14), which combines the popular Chinese candy with bourbon, oolong tea, coffee and pistachio in a long, milky pour. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2021 Suddenly, Reem took it out of my hand, cracked the shell between her fingers, and put the pistachio into her mouth. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 24 May 2021 Made in a fresh pistachio green nappa leather, the style features a walkable block heel, extra-padded footbed, and knotted straps for styling possibilities galore. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Powerful ingredients hailing from the Amazon come together to form this rich cream-to-foam body wash with a delicious pistachio, caramel and coconut scent. Kasey Caminiti, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Extras: Unique burger specials and, on my visit, a tasty pistachio pudding. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Pistachio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistachio. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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