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[puhl-pee] /ˈpʌl pi/
adjective, pulpier, pulpiest.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling pulp; fleshy or soft.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling magazines or books considered pulp; sensationalistic; trashy.
Origin of pulpy
1585-95; pulp + -y1
Related forms
pulpily, adverb
pulpiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Warts are typically white in color, and are soft and pulpy in texture.
  • Other native fruits are guava and guanabana, a tart, pulpy fruit.
  • We'll be sharpening up the blades and turning them toward the pulpy flesh of a sheet of paper.
  • When the wet, pulpy sheets shredded in his hands, my father resorted to the spatula he used for flipping pancakes.
  • They were from the spleen, a fist-size organ on the left side of the diaphragm whose pulpy interior is filled with blood.
  • Cook for eight minutes until the tomatoes have broken up and reduced into a pulpy sauce.
  • The seeds and pulpy pods provide winter food for rabbits, squirrels and deer.
  • The resultant pulpy material is pumped through liquid cyclones to extract the germ from the mixture of fiber, starch, and gluten.
  • These are small fruits with a pulpy or leathery cover over a stony walled seed.
  • These rot, eventually rendering the entire fruit pulpy and useless.
British Dictionary definitions for pulpy


adjective pulpier, pulpiest
having a soft or soggy consistency
Derived Forms
pulpily, adverb
pulpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pulpy

1590s, from pulp (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pulpiness.

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