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pith

 (pĭth)
n.
1. The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most vascular plants, consisting mainly of parenchyma.
2.
a. The soft inner substance of a feather or hair.
b. The spinal cord.
3. The essential or central part; the heart or essence: The pith of your argument is controversial.
4. Strength; vigor; mettle.
5. Significance; importance: matters of great pith.
tr.v. pithed, pith·ing, piths
1. To remove the pith from (a plant stem).
2. To sever or destroy the spinal cord of, usually by inserting a needle into the vertebral canal.
3. To kill (cattle) by cutting the spinal cord.

[Middle English, from Old English pitha.]

pith

(pɪθ)
n
1. (Botany) the soft fibrous tissue lining the inside of the rind in fruits such as the orange and grapefruit
2. the essential or important part, point, etc
3. weight; substance
4. (Botany) botany Also called: medulla the central core of unspecialized cells surrounded by conducting tissue in stems
5. (Biology) the soft central part of a bone, feather, etc
vb (tr)
6. (Zoology) to destroy the brain and spinal cord of (a laboratory animal) by piercing or severing
7. (Zoology) to kill (animals) by severing the spinal cord
8. (Botany) to remove the pith from (a plant)
[Old English pitha; compare Middle Low German pedik, Middle Dutch pitt(e)]

pith

(pɪθ)

n.
1. the soft, spongy central cylinder of parenchymatous tissue in the stems of dicotyledonous plants.
2. the soft inner part of a feather, a hair, etc.
3. the important or essential part; core: the pith of the matter.
4. substance; solidity: an argument without pith.
5. Archaic. spinal cord or bone marrow.
6. Archaic. strength or vigor; mettle.
v.t.
7. to remove the pith from (plants).
8. to destroy the spinal cord or brain of.
9. to slaughter, as cattle, by severing the spinal cord.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English pitha; c. Dutch pit. compare pit2]

pith

(pĭth)
The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants. Composed of parenchyma cells, the pith is gradually compressed by the inward growth of the vascular tissue known as xylem. As the plant grows older, the pith dries out and often disintegrates, leaving the stem hollow.

pith

- First referred to the spongy cellular tissue in the stems and branches of many plants, and also the spongy white tissue lining the rind of citrus fruits.
See also related terms for rind.

pith


Past participle: pithed
Gerund: pithing

Imperative
pith
pith
Present
I pith
you pith
he/she/it piths
we pith
you pith
they pith
Preterite
I pithed
you pithed
he/she/it pithed
we pithed
you pithed
they pithed
Present Continuous
I am pithing
you are pithing
he/she/it is pithing
we are pithing
you are pithing
they are pithing
Present Perfect
I have pithed
you have pithed
he/she/it has pithed
we have pithed
you have pithed
they have pithed
Past Continuous
I was pithing
you were pithing
he/she/it was pithing
we were pithing
you were pithing
they were pithing
Past Perfect
I had pithed
you had pithed
he/she/it had pithed
we had pithed
you had pithed
they had pithed
Future
I will pith
you will pith
he/she/it will pith
we will pith
you will pith
they will pith
Future Perfect
I will have pithed
you will have pithed
he/she/it will have pithed
we will have pithed
you will have pithed
they will have pithed
Future Continuous
I will be pithing
you will be pithing
he/she/it will be pithing
we will be pithing
you will be pithing
they will be pithing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pithing
you have been pithing
he/she/it has been pithing
we have been pithing
you have been pithing
they have been pithing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pithing
you will have been pithing
he/she/it will have been pithing
we will have been pithing
you will have been pithing
they will have been pithing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pithing
you had been pithing
he/she/it had been pithing
we had been pithing
you had been pithing
they had been pithing
Conditional
I would pith
you would pith
he/she/it would pith
we would pith
you would pith
they would pith
Past Conditional
I would have pithed
you would have pithed
he/she/it would have pithed
we would have pithed
you would have pithed
they would have pithed

pith

In citrus fruit, the soft fibrous tissue lining the inside of the rind.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pith - soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants
plant tissue - the tissue of a plant
parenchyma - the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature; constitutes the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruits, and the pith of stems
2.pith - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
bare bones - (plural) the most basic facts or elements; "he told us only the bare bones of the story"
hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
quintessence - the purest and most concentrated essence of something
stuff - a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"
Verb1.pith - remove the pith from (a plant)
get rid of, remove - dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"

pith

noun
The most central and material part:
Law: gravamen.
Translations
لُب المَوضوع، جَوْهَر النِّقاشلُب ساق النَّباتلُب قِشْرَة البُرتُقال
dřeňdužinajádro
hindekernemarv
bélfabél
barkarkjötmegur, kjarnimergur
būtībakodolsparenhīmaserde
dreň
alt kabukin özüözruhu

pith

[pɪθ] N (Bot) parte interna blanquecina (endocarpo) de la cáscara de los cítricosblanco m de la cáscara (fig) (= core) → meollo m

pith

[ˈpɪθ] n
[plant] → moelle f
[orange] → peau f blanche
(= essence) → fond m
the pith of the matter → le fond de la question

pith

n (Bot) → Mark nt; (of orange, lemon etc)weiße Haut; (fig: = core) → Kern m, → Wesentliche(s) nt; remarks of pith (and moment)bedeutungsschwere Äußerungen

pith

[pɪθ] n (of plant) → midollo; (of oranges, lemons) → parte f bianca della scorza (fig) (core, of argument) → nocciolo, essenza, succo; (force) → vigore m

pith

(piθ) noun
1. the white substance between the peel of an orange, lemon etc and the fruit itself.
2. the soft substance in the centre of the stems of plants.
3. the most important part of anything. the pith of the argument.

pith

n. médula, parte principal.
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