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Meaning of PITH

Pronunciation:  pith

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants

PITH is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: center, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, substance, sum
 See Also: cognitive content, content, haecceity, hypostasis, mental object, parenchyma, plant tissue, quiddity, quintessence, stuff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pith\, n. [AS. pi?a; akin to D. pit pith, kernel, LG.
    peddik. Cf. {Pit} a kernel.]
    1. (Bot.) The soft spongy substance in the center of the
       stems of many plants and trees, especially those of the
       dicotyledonous or exogenous classes. It consists of
       cellular tissue.
       (a) (Zo["o]l.) The spongy interior substance of a feather.
       (b) (Anat.) The spinal cord; the marrow.
    3. Hence: The which contains the strength of life; the vital
       or essential part; concentrated force; vigor; strength;
       importance; as, the speech lacked pith.
             Enterprises of great pith and moment. --Shak.
    {Pith paper}. Same as {Rice paper}, under {Rice}.
  2. \Pith\, v. t. (Physiol.)
    To destroy the central nervous system of (an animal, as a
    frog), as by passing a stout wire or needle up and down the
    vertebral canal.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The soft central portion of a plant stem inside the vascular cylinder.
  2. To destroy the brain of an animal (such as a frog or turtle) to render it unconscious prior to vivisection.
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