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pith

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noun \ˈpith\

Definition of pith

  1. 1 a :  a usually continuous central strand of spongy tissue in the stems of most vascular plants that probably functions chiefly in storage b :  any of various loose spongy plant tissues that resemble true pith c :  the soft or spongy interior of a part of the body

  2. 2 a :  the essential part :  core b :  substantial quality (as of meaning)

  3. 3 :  importance

Examples of pith in a sentence

  1. <finally got to the pith of the discussion>

Origin and Etymology of pith

Middle English, from Old English pitha; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German pit pith, pit


First Known Use: before 12th century


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pith

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Definition of pith

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to kill (as cattle) by piercing or severing the spinal cord b :  to destroy the spinal cord or central nervous system of (as a frog) usually by passing a wire or needle up and down the vertebral canal

  3. 2 :  to remove the pith from (a plant stem)

1805

First Known Use of pith

1805


PITH Defined for English Language Learners

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pith

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noun \ˈpith\

Definition of pith for English Language Learners

  • : the white covering that is found under the skin of oranges, lemons, etc.

  • : the most important part of something


PITH Defined for Kids

pith

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noun \ˈpith\

Definition of pith for Students

  1. 1 :  the loose spongy tissue forming the center of the stem in most plants

  2. 2 :  the important part <the pith of the problem>


Medical Dictionary

pith

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transitive verb \ˈpith\

Medical Definition of pith

  1. 1:  to kill (as cattle) by piercing or severing the spinal cord

  2. 2:  to destroy the spinal cord or central nervous system of (as a frog) usually by passing a wire or needle up and down the vertebral canal



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