When oak is “quarter-sawed,” these pith rays, called “mirrors,” show to best advantage.
Rice paper is made of the pith of a tree found only in Formosa.
It would have given his most spiritless followers the pith to run till morning across a strand of rock and pebble.
Their fruit, or pith, or crowns, furnish him with an abundance of food.
Often we would buy the cane in the markets, peel off the outside and chew the pith to get the sweet juice.
When I saw him I called out, for his pith hat was covered with blood.
In newspaper reports of public meetings, sayings of pith and moment are often attributed to "A Voice" from the audience.
The intercommunications were much more numerous, but that is their pith.
The pith of it was contained in the last words: "Do you ask this from us under threat of war?"
A large part of the wood is formed by the medullary or pith rays.
Old English piþa "pith of plants," also "essential part," from West Germanic *pithan- (cf. Middle Dutch pitte, Dutch pit, East Frisian pit), a Low German root of uncertain origin. Figurative sense was in Old English. Pith helmet (1889, earlier pith hat, 1884) so called because it is made from the dried pith of the Bengal spongewood.
"to kill by piercing the spinal cord," 1805, from pith (n.). Related: Pithed; pithing.
The soft inner substance of a hair.
Spinal cord or bone marrow. No longer in technical use.
Noun The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns. Pith is composed of parenchyma cells. In plants that undergo secondary growth, such as angiosperms, the pith is surrounded by the vascular tissues and is gradually compressed by the inward growth of the vascular tissue known as xylem. In plants with woody stems, the pith dries out and often disintegrates as the plant grows older, leaving the stem hollow. See illustration at xylem.