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pith helmet

  

      n   a lightweight hat made of pith that protects the wearer from the sun,   (Also called)    topee, topi  
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pith  
      n  
1    the soft fibrous tissue lining the inside of the rind in fruits such as the orange and grapefruit  
2    the essential or important part, point, etc.  
3    weight; substance  
4      (Also called)    medulla     (Botany)   the central core of unspecialized cells surrounded by conducting tissue in stems  
5    the soft central part of a bone, feather, etc.  
      vb   tr  
6    to destroy the brain and spinal cord of (a laboratory animal) by piercing or severing  
7    to kill (animals) by severing the spinal cord  
8    to remove the pith from (a plant)  
     (Old English pitha; compare Middle Low German pedik, Middle Dutch pitt(e))  


pith helmet  
      n   a lightweight hat made of pith that protects the wearer from the sun,   (Also called)    topee, topi  

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pith

  
1    core, crux, essence, gist, heart, heart of the matter, kernel, marrow, meat, nub, point, quintessence, salient point, the long and the short of it  
2    consequence, depth, force, import, importance, matter, moment, power, significance, strength, substance, value, weight  

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pithy, pitch, pit, pithos

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