Definition of pith
1a : a usually continuous central strand of spongy tissue in the stems of most vascular plants that prob. functions chiefly in storageb : any of various loose spongy plant tissues that resemble true pithc : the soft or spongy interior of a part of the body
2a : the essential part : coreb : substantial quality (as of meaning)
3 : importance
Examples of pith in a Sentence
finally got to the pith of the discussion
Recent Examples of pith from the Web
Try as much as possible to avoid the bitter white pith of the fruit.
Preparation Remove zest from limes in wide strips with a vegetable peeler, leaving white pith behind.
Remove the pith and discard, and then drain the seeds well.
Insert paring knife into pepper and scrape out seeds and pith. Discard the stems and seeds and place peppers in large container with lid.
As their pentatonic melodies and Western harmonies recapitulate the cultural conflict, their lyrics achieve the pith and mystery of haiku.
With a paring knife, slice off the top and bottom, then going around from top to bottom, peel off the skin with the knife, making sure to remove all of the pith.
Slice into the flesh in between the sections and remove each segment without any of the pith.
Score the oranges, making vertical slices at 1-inch intervals and cutting just through the peel and pith but not into the flesh.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of pith
1a : to kill (an animal) by piercing or severing the spinal cord pith cattleb : to destroy the spinal cord or central nervous system of (an animal, such as a frog) usually by passing a wire or needle up and down the spinal canal
2 : to remove the pith from (a plant stem)
First Known Use of pith
PITH Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of pith for Students
1 : the loose spongy tissue forming the center of the stem in most plants
2 : the important part the pith of the problem
Medical Definition of pith
1: to kill (as cattle) by piercing or severing the spinal cord
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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