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Definition of pulp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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
3a : 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


pulped; pulping; pulps

Definition of pulp (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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pulper noun

Synonyms for pulp

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pulp in a Sentence

Noun The fruit has sweet, juicy pulp and hard, black seeds. the pulp of an orange I like to strain the pulp out of my orange juice. The grain was mashed into pulp. The boxes will be turned back into pulp and be made into newspapers. This paper is made from inexpensive wood pulp. He made a little extra money by writing stories for a science fiction pulp. Verb pulped three oranges to get their juice
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Matt Elhardt traveled more than 100,000 miles last year, spending over 100 nights away from home, for his job in global sales for Fisher International, a pulp and paper industry consulting firm. Julie Weed, New York Times, "Airlines and Hotels Reach Out to Their Top Spenders," 27 Apr. 2020 Gnacinski specializes in sci-fi, pulp and fantasy-type art. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To make ends meet during the pandemic, a Shorewood tattoo artist is going back to the drawing board — literally," 25 Mar. 2020 According to Environmental Protection Agency data, U.S. pulp and paper industry greenhouse gas emissions declined from 44 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2011 to 36 million in 2018, a 19% reduction. Fortune, "Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about paper packaging when you shop online," 30 Jan. 2020 The trees are useful for manufacturing pulp and paper, among other products. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list," 8 Oct. 2019 But in the 1980s, concession holders started to dig drainage canals through peatlands to float out logs and dry out the peat to plant dryland crops, especially oil palm and acacia trees for pulp and paper. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Indonesia's fires are bad, but new measures prevented them from becoming worse," 1 Oct. 2019 In Brazil, the devices help keep mining giant Vale working, and protect trees for pulp and paper producer Suzano. Brian K. Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "AI and bionic eyes are helping to contain raging wildfires," 12 Aug. 2019 Chimpanzees sleep and eat in the trees; western lowland gorillas feed on their bark and pulp; and okapi use the dense vegetation to evade predators and poachers alike. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 The group managed to get Lisbon/Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituño) back from police custody and Gandía (José Manuel Poga), the man who killed Nairobi, has been beaten to a pulp. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "How Can The Money Heist Crew Survive That Finale Disaster?," 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Condé Nast personally fired him, and Vogue pulped all 130,000 copies. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020 Approximately 70 million tons of this stuff is pulped every year, but most of it is burned for fuel. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 20 Jan. 2020 His analysis of Trump’s victory is a useful corrective to accounts blaming racists, sexists and plutocrats to the exclusion of millions who simply wanted to blow up the giant dream-pulping machine of American politics. Trygve Throntveit, Washington Post, "The message of these ‘civic sermons’: Have faith in your fellow Americans," 14 June 2019 Pieces of timber too small to process as logs—including offcuts and thinnings from the forest—are chipped and pulped to make paper. The Economist, "How to make use of all of a tree," 17 Oct. 2019 The standard method for recycling cotton involves mechanically pulping it to break it down into raw material that can be reused. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "There’s never been a better time—or more need—to buy your clothes used," 16 Aug. 2019 In some areas, there is hardly any margin for the imperfect pines that are pulped for paper and particleboard. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 Some of his trees have outgrown nearby saw mills and will have to be pulped for lower prices. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 Southern yellow pine, which is sawed into lumber and pulped into paper and particle board, is one of the region’s top agricultural products. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Stressed Southern Timber Growers Get Hit Again," 27 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of pulp


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1683, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pulp


Middle English pulpe, from Latin pulpa flesh, pulp

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The first known use of pulp was in the 14th century

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21 May 2020

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“Pulp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulp. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pulp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of pulp (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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Kids Definition of pulp

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.


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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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