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pulp

noun \ ˈpəlp \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of pulp

1 a (1) :the soft, succulent part of a fruit usually composed of mesocarp
(2) :stem pith when soft and spongy
b :a soft mass of vegetable matter (as of apples) from which most of the water has been extracted by pressure
c :the soft sensitive tissue that fills the central cavity of a tooth — see tooth illustration
d :a material prepared by chemical or mechanical means from various materials (such as wood or rags) for use in making paper and cellulose products
2 :pulverized ore mixed with water
3 a :pulpy condition or character
b :something in such a condition or having such a character
4 :a magazine or book printed on cheap paper (such as newsprint) and often dealing with sensational material; also :sensational or tabloid writing often used attributively
  • pulp fiction

pulpiness

play \ˈpəl-pē-nəs\ noun

pulpy

play \ˈpəl-pē\ adjective

Examples of pulp in a Sentence

  1. The fruit has sweet, juicy pulp and hard, black seeds.

  2. the pulp of an orange

  3. I like to strain the pulp out of my orange juice.

  4. The grain was mashed into pulp.

  5. The boxes will be turned back into pulp and be made into newspapers.

  6. This paper is made from inexpensive wood pulp.

  7. He made a little extra money by writing stories for a science fiction pulp.

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Origin and Etymology of pulp

Middle English pulpe, from Latin pulpa flesh, pulp


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pulp

verb

Definition of pulp

transitive verb
1 :to reduce to pulp
  • pulped unsold copies of the book
2 :to cause to appear pulpy
3 :to deprive of the pulp
intransitive verb
:to become pulp or pulpy

pulper

noun

Examples of pulp in a Sentence

  1. pulped three oranges to get their juice

Recent Examples of pulp from the Web

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First Known Use of pulp

1683

pulp Synonyms

Synonyms
mash, crush, squash
Related Words
press, squeeze; beat, pound, powder, pulverize


PULP Defined for English Language Learners

pulp

noun

Definition of pulp for English Language Learners

  • : the inner, juicy part of a fruit or vegetable

  • : the substance that is left after the liquid has been squeezed from a fruit or vegetable

  • : a soft, wet substance that is made by crushing something


pulp

verb

Definition of pulp for English Language Learners

  • : to crush (something) until it is soft and wet : to make (something) into pulp


PULP Defined for Kids

pulp

noun \ ˈpəlp \

Definition of pulp for Students

1 :the soft juicy or moist part of a fruit or vegetable
  • the pulp of an orange
2 :the part of a fruit or vegetable that is left after the liquid has been squeezed from it
  • apple pulp
3 :a material prepared usually from wood or rags and used in making paper
4 :the soft sensitive tissue inside a tooth
5 :a seriously injured or damaged state
  • He was beaten to a pulp.

Medical Dictionary

pulp

noun \ ˈpəlp \

medical Definition of pulp

:a mass of soft tissue: as
b :the characteristic somewhat spongy tissue of the spleen
c :the fleshy portion of the fingertip


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