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Definition of the noun pith

What does pith mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: piths

  1. soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic term: plant tissue = the tissue of a plant
    • substance: parenchyma = the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature
  2. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Definition of the verb pith

What does pith mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: pithed | pithing | piths

  1. remove the pith from (a plant)

Alternative definition of the verb pith


  1. [transitive] To extract the pith from (a plant stem or tree).
  2. [transitive] To kill (especially cattle or laboratory animals) by cutting or piercing the spinal cord.


  1. Pith, or medulla, is a tissue in the stems of vascular plants. Pith is composed of soft, spongy parenchyma cells, which store and transport nutrients throughout the plant. In eudicots, pith is located in the center of the stem. In monocots, it extends also into flowering stems and roots. The pith is encircled by a ring of xylem; the xylem, in turn, is encircled by a ring of phloem.
  2. pitH is a gene.
  3. Pith a.k.a. SCO4138 is a gene.

Phrases with Pith

  1. pith hat
  2. pith helmet
  3. Sola Pith Plant

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Google previewProceedings of the National Seminar on Recent Techniques in Mineral Processing Waste and Environment Management (2000)

Rout Regional Research Laboratory Bhubaneswar-75l 0l3 ABSTRACT Coconut pith is a waste material produced during extraction of coir fibre from its husk. For every ton of fibre about two tones of coir ...

Google previewProceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals Held May 4–7, 2003, in Breckenridge, CO (2004)

by Mark Finkelstein, Brian H. Davison

Instalked herbaceous plants, the pith is a significant part of the stem. It is in the xylem that the mass of the stem resides. Both in woods and in stalked herbaceous plants, the burnable portion of the stem is primarily xylem. If the overall purpose ...

Google previewBulletin (1913)

The pith is that port ion of the apple which (except for the region of capillary tissue ) immediately surrounds the seed cavities and, roughly speaking, constitutes a large part of what is generally called the core. Enveloping the phit is the cambial ...

Google previewStation Bulletin (1914)

The pith is that portion of the apple which (except for the region of capillary tissue ) immediately surrounds the seed cavities and, roughly speaking, constitutes a large part of what is generally called the core. Enveloping the phit is the cambial ...

Google previewProceedings of the National Conference on Utilization of Bioresources (2002)

Coconut pith is a waste material obtained during extraction of coir fiber from its husk. It has high water retention capacity and contains major and micronutrients, which are helpful for soil fertility. Flyash, another industrial waste generated from ...

Google previewThe American Journal of Science and Arts (1840)

Immediately surrounding the pith is the medullary sheath. Whilst the former is composed of cellular tissue, the latter consists of spiral vessels and ducts. The office of the medullary sheath is not well understood. Lindley, who believed it to be in ...

Google previewA Manual of Botany Adapted to the Productions of the Southern States (1841)

In Two Parts. Vegetable anatomy and physiology. Descriptive botany, arranged on the natural system, preceded by an analysis by John Darby

The pith is the central portion of the stem commencing at its base and extending through it and through every branch, terminating in the ...

Google previewFlora's Dictionary (1833)

by Elizabeth Washington Wirt

The Pith is a tolerably firm juicy substance, which is diffused through the inner part of the stalk, to give energy and vigour to the whole; it is abundant in young plants, diminishes as they grow up, and at length totally disappears. The Sap is the ...

Google previewThe Gardeners Dictionary (1759)

Containing the Best and Newest Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit, Flower Garden, and Nursery .... A - L by Philip Miller

The Pith is the inward central Part of a Tree or Plant, answering to the Medulla, or Marrow of an Animal. As for its Substance, it consists of little transparent Globules , chained or linked together, somewhat like the Bubbles that compose the Froth ...

Google previewThe New York Farmer and American Gardener's Magazine (1835)


The pith is a porous, spongy bone, whose cells are covered with an unctuous matter and filled with numerous small blood vessels, is overspread with a thin membrane, appears firmly united to the head, and in a healthy animal completely fills ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

PITH, n. p1th '' pidha; Dut. pit; Low Ger, peddi/. picke, pith, kernell: the soft spongy substance in the centre of plants and trees (see below): the best of a thing; strength; force; closeness and vigor of thought and style; summary; applied to the ...

Google previewThe New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture (1981)

by Thomas H. Everett

It is an upright shrub, 4 to 5 feet in height, with spreading branches, yellowish with lamellate pith, and cylindrical, hairless branchlets. The broad-ovate, toothed or almost toothless leaves terminate in short points. They are 1VS to 3Vi inches ...

Google previewFoods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Two Volume Set (1993)

by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger

Citrus pith is rich in (1) bioflavonoids, and (2) pectin, a gelling agent and an ingredient in diarrhea remedies.

However, the natives of New Guinea have long used the starchy pith of sago palms to make a flour and "pearls" which resemble ...

Google previewHats and Headwear around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2013)

A Cultural Encyclopedia by Beverly Chico

PITH HELMET Pith helmet is the popular name for a lightweight crown-and-brim hat originally made from the dried...

Pith helmets were worn by native warriors during the 1850s Bengal Mutiny and Sepoy Rebellion against English overlords.

Google preview¬The Encyclopaedia Britannica a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Litterature (1876)

The inner vessels of the primary fibro-vascular bundles immediately surround the pith and often project into it, and form what is termed the medullary sheath, which consists of spiral vessels, and through this sheath the primary medullary rays ...

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Pith Meaning

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Scrabble value of P3I1T1H4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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