When oak is “quarter-sawed,” these pith rays, called “mirrors,” show to best advantage.
His conversation when he does not fly off at a tangent is full of pith and idea.
It would have given his most spiritless followers the pith to run till morning across a strand of rock and pebble.
It is the pith and marrow of every substance, every relation, and every process.
Often we would buy the cane in the markets, peel off the outside and chew the pith to get the sweet juice.
This sentence with which he closed contains the pith of the entire letter.
In newspaper reports of public meetings, sayings of pith and moment are often attributed to "A Voice" from the audience.
This too is in the form of dialogue, but the argument of the story is in its pith as follows.
The pith of it was contained in the last words: "Do you ask this from us under threat of war?"
Rice paper is made of the pith of a tree found only in Formosa.
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.
The soft inner substance of a hair.
Spinal cord or bone marrow. No longer in technical use.
Noun The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns. Pith is composed of parenchyma cells. In plants that undergo secondary growth, such as angiosperms, the pith is surrounded by the vascular tissues and is gradually compressed by the inward growth of the vascular tissue known as xylem. In plants with woody stems, the pith dries out and often disintegrates as the plant grows older, leaving the stem hollow. See illustration at xylem.