Definition of pith in English:


Syllabification: pith
Pronunciation: /piTH


1Soft or spongy tissue in plants or animals, in particular.
1.1Spongy white tissue lining the rind of an orange, lemon, and other citrus fruits.
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  • Remove the rind and white pith from the lemons and then cut the flesh into very thin slices, removing the pips.
  • But I can't eat citrus that has any white pith on it.
  • Remove the zest of the oranges and set aside, peel the bitter white pith and discard, then pulp the oranges and combine the pulp with the zest.
1.2 Botany The spongy cellular tissue in the stems and branches of many higher plants.
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  • The stems and rachises both contain a high percentage of pith and vascular tissue.
  • The lowest values were recorded in stem pith cells.
  • No dye was found in the central pith area of the stem segment except close to the basal cut surface.
1.3 archaic Spinal marrow.
2The essence of something: a book that he considered contained the pith of all his work
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  • Paul Harvey summed up the general pith of the global gist at noon, but he rarely broke news.
  • For Frank Lenahan, a University Cafe stalwart enjoying a mid-morning coffee with his friends, however, the soap ‘lacked the vigour and pith of Scottish life’.
  • It is the pith of civilization and of man's human existence.
3Forceful and concise expression: he writes with a combination of pith and exactitude
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  • So anyway the story is short and lacking in pith.
  • Journalists are apt to focus upon the pith, that is.
  • I am not a great connoisseur of literature and my choices may be controversial but they are solely intended to encourage pith and to share the pleasure I get when I come across sentences that strike me as complete in themselves.


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1Remove the pith from.
2 rare Pierce or sever the spinal cord of (an animal) so as to kill or immobilize it.
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  • Animals were pithed through the right orbit to the spinal column with a round copper rod of 1.5 mm in diameter.
  • Adult frogs were anaesthetized in 15% ethanol, then killed by pithing.
  • Cattle are humanely stunned with a captive bolt stunner that penetrates or piths the brain rendering the animal unable to feel pain.


Old English pitha.



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  • Now I can cut them into beautiful pithless little segments, I can't get enough of having a grapefruit for my breakfast.
  • For example, Ortanique's foie gras starter comes with three pithless orange slices which are dredged in turbinado sugar and then caramelized with a propane torch.

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