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[pi-stash-ee-oh, -stah-shee-oh] /pɪˈstæʃ iˌoʊ, -ˈstɑ ʃiˌoʊ/
noun, plural pistachios.
the nut of a Eurasian tree, Pistacia vera, of the cashew family, containing an edible, greenish kernel.
the kernel itself, used for flavoring.
the tree itself.
pistachio nut flavor.
Also, pistache
[pi-stash] /pɪˈstæʃ/ (Show IPA),
pistachio nut (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of pistachio
1375-1425; < Italian pistacchio < Latin pistācium < Greek pistákion pistachio nut, diminutive of pistákē pistachio tree < Middle Persian *pistak (Persian pista); replacing late Middle English pistace < Middle French < Latin, as above Unabridged
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  • They think the trouble is with the confectionery, and so they try macaroon and pistachio instead of lemon and vanilla.

    We Girls: A Home Story Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • Aren't you going to give me some of the boar's head with pistachio nuts?

  • If you serve it up as frozen, stick it all over with slips of pistachio nut, peeled and sliced.

  • The table may be arranged with a "putting green" in the centre made of a square of sponge cake frosted with pistachio.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • They were all rather merry that night, for they had roast porcupine stuffed with pistachio nuts for supper.

    The Adventures of Akbar Flora Annie Steel
  • A favorite entre was a pure of pistachio nuts, with roasted sheeps' tails on silver spits stuck into it.

  • pistachio nuts give flavor and color to ice-cream, icings, and bonbons.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
British Dictionary definitions for pistachio


noun (pl) -os
an anacardiaceous tree, Pistacia vera, of the Mediterranean region and W Asia, with small hard-shelled nuts
Also called pistachio nut. the nut of this tree, having an edible green kernel
the sweet flavour of the pistachio nut, used esp in ice creams
of a yellowish-green colour
Word Origin
C16: via Italian and Latin from Greek pistakion pistachio nut, from pistakē pistachio tree, from Persian pistah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pistachio

1590s, from Italian pistacchio, from Latin pistacium "pistachio nut," from Greek pistakion "pistachio nut," from pistake "pistachio tree," from Persian pistah "pistachio." Borrowed earlier (1530s) as pystace, from Old French form pistace (13c.), which also is from the Italian word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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