Definition of pith in English:

pith

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Pronunciation: /pɪθ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The spongy white tissue lining the rind of oranges, lemons, 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.
  • 1.1 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.
  • 1.2 archaic Spinal marrow.

verb

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  • 1Remove the pith from: peel and pith the oranges
  • 2Pierce 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.

Derivatives

pithless

adjective
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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.

Origin

Old English pitha, of West Germanic origin.

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