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1. A soft moist shapeless mass of matter.
a. The soft moist part of fruit.
b. Plant matter remaining after a process, such as the extraction of juice by pressure, has been completed: apple pulp.
3. The soft pith forming the contents of the stem of a plant.
4. A mixture of cellulose material, such as wood, paper, and rags, ground up and moistened to make paper.
5. The soft tissue forming the inner structure of a tooth and containing nerves and blood vessels.
6. A mixture of crushed ore and water.
a. A publication, such as a magazine or book, containing lurid subject matter: "The pulps took the mystery story out of the parlors ... and onto the 'mean streets'" (Tony Hillerman).
b. Lurid or sensational writing or subject matter: made a good living writing pulp.
v. pulped, pulp·ing, pulps
1. To reduce to pulp.
2. To remove the pulp from (coffee berries).
To be reduced to a pulpy consistency.
[Middle English, from Latin pulpa, fleshy parts of the body, fruit pulp.]
pulp′ous (pŭl′pəs), pulp′y adj.
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