Definitions for: Pith

[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"
[n] soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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

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