- the soft, spongy tissue in the center of certain plant stems
- the soft core of various other things, as of a bone or feather
- the spongy, fibrous tissue lining the rind and surrounding the sections of an orange, grapefruit, etc.
- the essential part; substance; gist
- importance: now usually in
- ARCHAIC strength; vigor; force
Origin: ME pithe < OE pitha, akin to MDu pitte, pit of a fruit, kernel, pith of a tree
- to remove the pith from (a plant stem)
to pierce or sever the spinal cord of (an animal) in order to kill it or make it insensible for experimental purposes
We will be dealing with #3 from the first section and #1 from the second. (Please ignore #2 from the second section.)
I have recently been pithing the pith from the citrus fruit that our Florida Uncle Julius (I have respectfully refrained from calling him Uncle Orange Julius) brought us, in order to freeze it.