Pith paper
Pith Pith, n. [AS. pi?a; akin to D. pit pith, kernel, LG. peddik. Cf. {Pit} a kernel.] 1. (Bot.) The soft spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees, especially those of the dicotyledonous or exogenous classes. It consists of cellular tissue. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) (Zo["o]l.) The spongy interior substance of a feather. (b) (Anat.) The spinal cord; the marrow. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: The which contains the strength of life; the vital or essential part; concentrated force; vigor; strength; importance; as, the speech lacked pith. [1913 Webster]

Enterprises of great pith and moment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Pith paper}. Same as {Rice paper}, under {Rice}. [1913 Webster]


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  • pith paper — Rice Rice, n. [F. riz (cf. Pr. ris, It. riso), L. oryza, Gr. ???, ???, probably from the Persian; cf. OPers. br[=i]zi, akin to Skr. vr[=i]hi; or perh. akin to E. rye. Cf. {Rye}.] (Bot.) A well known cereal grass ({Oryza sativa}) and its seed.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pith — Pith, n. [AS. pi?a; akin to D. pit pith, kernel, LG. peddik. Cf. {Pit} a kernel.] 1. (Bot.) The soft spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees, especially those of the dicotyledonous or exogenous classes. It consists of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Rice paper — Rice Rice, n. [F. riz (cf. Pr. ris, It. riso), L. oryza, Gr. ???, ???, probably from the Persian; cf. OPers. br[=i]zi, akin to Skr. vr[=i]hi; or perh. akin to E. rye. Cf. {Rye}.] (Bot.) A well known cereal grass ({Oryza sativa}) and its seed.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • corn pith — corn pith, the pith of the stalk of Indian corn, used in the manufacture of paper and formerly at the back of armor of warships to prevent water from entering shot holes …   Useful english dictionary

  • rice paper — n. 1. a thin paper made from the straw of the rice grass 2. a fine, delicate paper made by cutting and pressing the pith of the rice paper plant …   English World dictionary

  • rice paper — /ˈraɪs peɪpə / (say ruys paypuh) noun 1. a thin, edible paper made from the straw of rice. 2. a Chinese paper consisting of the pith of certain plants cut and pressed into thin sheets. {translation of Mandarin nuòmĭ zhĭ, from nuòmĭ glutinous… …   Australian English dictionary

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