What does the word pith mean?

Usage examples for pith

  1. We are required to have faith in his heroic capacity for enterprises of great pith and moment. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  2. 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) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang