[ pi-stash-ee-oh, -stah-shee-oh ]
/ pɪˈstæʃ iˌoʊ, -ˈstɑ ʃiˌoʊ /
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noun, plural pis·tach·i·os.
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.
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Also pis·tache [pi-stash], /pɪˈstæʃ/, 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
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How to use pistachio in a sentence
Stand small green flags among your candies and olives, and have pistache nuts among the salted almonds.
Or, if the cream must be home-made, you may have it of the pistache and serve it in a bed of whipped cream in rounded spoonfuls.
The dessert was apparently a bomb of frozen coffee, but the center revealed a delicious creamy substance flaked with pistache.The Happy End|Joseph Hergesheimer
This picture gives you some idea of the yield of the pistache.
Green vegetables and salads are easy to obtain and ice cream may be colored with pistache.Home Occupations for Boys and Girls|Bertha Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for pistachio
/ (pɪˈstɑːʃɪˌəʊ) /
noun plural -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 for pistachio
C16: via Italian and Latin from Greek pistakion pistachio nut, from pistakē pistachio tree, from Persian pistah
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