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, 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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