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[pi-stash-ee-oh, -stah-shee-oh] /pɪˈstæʃ iˌoʊ, -ˈstɑ ʃiˌoʊ/
noun, plural pistachios.
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.
Also, pistache
[pi-stash] /pɪˈstæʃ/ (Show IPA),
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pistachio
  • Their nature-inspired companions are mossy green and a near-pistachio shade of white.
  • The free game's first two levels, set among pistachio trees, can be played without logging in.
  • Other varieties of cupcakes include almond, pistachio, chocolate peanut butter and carrot cake.
  • Sherbet in a variety of flavors from rose water to pistachio also is popular.
  • The dessert options include lemon tart, caramelized apple cheesecake, pistachio parfait and creme brulee.
  • It's a popular way to sample a range of dishes, such as tea-scented duck and lobster in a raisin-pistachio puree.
  • Its take on pate, a wild mushroom and pistachio concoction, is delicious.
  • Gaga ate pistachio chicken, fried chicken and waffles.
  • Her lush candies come in several flavors: milk chocolate, white chocolate, coconut and pistachio.
  • The pistachio and cardamom cake was a delight to make and had a beautiful green and butter-yellow batter.
British Dictionary definitions for pistachio


noun (pl) -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
C16: via Italian and Latin from Greek pistakion pistachio nut, from pistakē pistachio tree, from Persian pistah
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Word Origin and History for pistachio

1590s, from Italian pistacchio, from Latin pistacium "pistachio nut," from Greek pistakion "pistachio nut," from pistake "pistachio tree," from Persian pistah "pistachio." Borrowed earlier (1530s) as pystace, from Old French form pistace (13c.), which also is from the Italian word.

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