pith

Part of speech: noun

The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stem of a plant, the shaft of a feather, or the like; essence; gist; force; vigor.

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Usage examples "pith":

  1. Has written in Secular Thought, the Truthseeker and the Freethinker's Magazine, and published rational lectures under the title Pioneer Pith, '89. In '89 he was elected President of the Canadian Secular Union. - "A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations", Joseph Mazzini Wheeler.
  2. We are required to have faith in his heroic capacity for enterprises of great pith and moment. - "The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller", Calvin Thomas.
  3. Uma sat up quite brisk at the first word of it; and presently we saw a party come stringing out of the path, Maea in front, and behind him a white man in a pith helmet. - "The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)", Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang.