- the soft, juicy, edible part of a fruit.
- the pith of the stem of a plant.
- a soft or fleshy part of an animal body.
- Also called dental pulp. the inner substance of the tooth, containing arteries, veins, and lymphatic and nerve tissue that communicate with their respective vascular, lymph, and nerve systems.
- any soft, moist, slightly cohering mass, as that into which linen, wood, etc., are converted in the making of paper.
- a magazine or book printed on rough, low-quality paper made of wood pulp or rags, and usually containing sensational and lurid stories, articles, etc.Compare slick1(def 9).
- ore pulverized and mixed with water.
- dry crushed ore.
- to reduce to pulp.
- to reduce (printed papers, books, etc.) to pulp for use in making new paper.
- to remove the pulp from.
- to become reduced to pulp.
Origin of pulp
- soft or fleshy plant tissue, such as the succulent part of a fleshy fruit
- a moist mixture of cellulose fibres, as obtained from wood, from which paper is made
- a magazine or book containing trite or sensational material, and usually printed on cheap rough paper
- (as modifier)a pulp novel
- dentistry the soft innermost part of a tooth, containing nerves and blood vessels
- any soft soggy mass or substance
- mining pulverized ore, esp when mixed with water
- to reduce (a material or solid substance) to pulp or (of a material or solid substance) to be reduced to pulp
- (tr) to remove the pulp from (fruit)
Word Origin for pulp
c.1400, "fleshy part of a fruit or plant," from Latin pulpa "animal or plant pulp; pith of wood," earlier *pelpa, perhaps from the same root as pulvis "dust," pollen "fine flour" (see pollen); extended to other similar substances by early 15c. The adjective meaning "sensational" is from pulp magazine (1931), so called from pulp in sense of "type of rough paper used in cheaply made magazines and books" (1727). As a genre name, pulp fiction attested by 1943 (pulp writer "writer of pulp fiction" was in use by 1939). The opposite adjective in reference to magazines was slick.
1660s "reduce to pulp" (implied in pulping), from pulp (n.). As "to remove the pulp from," from 1791. Related: Pulped.
- A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter.
- Dental pulp.
- The soft, moist part of fruit.
- The soft tissue forming the inner structure of a tooth and containing nerves and blood vessels.
- The soft moist part of a fruit, especially a drupe or pome.
- The soft pith forming the contents of the stem of a plant.