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pith

pith

 
pronunciation:
pIth
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the soft central portion of certain plant stems and animal parts such as feathers.
similar words:
core, marrow, medulla, parenchyma, pulp
definition 2: that which is central or essential; quintessence.
This was the pith of his argument.
synonyms:
core, crux, heart, kernel, marrow, meat, nub, nucleus, soul
similar words:
center, essence, fat, gist, import, keynote, point, quintessence, root, substance, sum, thrust
definition 3: weightiness, significance, or importance.
Is there any real pith in these statements?
synonyms:
importance, significance, weight
similar words:
force, magnitude, merit, moment, value
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pithed, pithing, piths
definition 1: to kill by directly destroying brain or spinal cord tissue, as with a knife or wire.
definition 2: to extract the pith of (a plant).