verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become reduced to pulp.

Origin of pulp

1555–65; earlier pulpe < Latin pulpa flesh, pulp of fruit
Related formspulp·er, nounpulp·less, adjectivepulp·like, adjectivede·pulp, verb (used with object)un·pulped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
  1. a magazine or book containing trite or sensational material, and usually printed on cheap rough paper
  2. (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)
Derived Formspulper, noun

Word Origin for pulp

C16: from Latin pulpa
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Word Origin and History 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.

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Medicine definitions for pulp




A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter.
Dental pulp.
The soft, moist part of fruit.
Related formspulpous (pŭlpəs) null adj.
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Science definitions for pulp



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.
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Culture definitions for pulp


The soft tissue, containing blood vessels and nerves, that makes up the interior of the tooth.

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