Pistachio Pis*ta"chio, n. [It. pistacchio (cf. Sp. pistacho, F. pistache), fr. L. pistacium, Gr. ?, ?, fr. Per. pistah. Cf. {Fistinut}.] (Bot.) The nut of the {Pistacia vera}, a tree of the order {Anacardiace[ae]}, containing a kernel of a pale greenish color, which has a pleasant taste, resembling that of the almond, and yields an oil of agreeable taste and odor; -- called also {pistachio nut}. It is wholesome and nutritive. The tree grows in Arabia, Persia, Syria, and Sicily. [Written also {pistachia}.] [1913 Webster]

2. The small anacardiaceous tree ({Pistacia vera}), of southern Europe and Asia Minor, which bears the pistachio nut. Called also {pistache}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. (Cookery) The flavor of the pistachio nut, or an ice or confection flavored with it. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. Pistachio green. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • PISTACHIO — (Heb. בָּטְנָה; botnah), the tree and fruit of the Pistacia vera, a dioecious tree. The female tree produces reddish clusters of nuts with a white shell and a greenish kernel of delicate flavor. The word occurs only once in the Bible, in the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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