verb (used with object)
Origin of pith
Related Words for pithvigor, heart, substance, embodiment, meat, gist, importance, essence, soul, crux, fiber, nucleus, significance, strength, force, marrow, pulp, center, medulla, corey
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Historical Examples of pith
His conversation when he does not fly off at a tangent is full of pith and idea.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
I had the pith of it all, though I saw the true light—but I was not worthy.The Christian
It is the pith and marrow of every substance, every relation, and every process.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I now send you is, as regards thought or pith, as good as any of them.
This too is in the form of dialogue, but the argument of the story is in its pith as follows.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
Word Origin for pith
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.