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pith

 
Noun pith has 2 senses
  1. pith - soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants
    --1 is a kind of
    plant tissue
    --1 has substance: parenchyma
  2. kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
    --2 is a kind of content, cognitive content, mental object
    --2 has particulars:
     bare bones; hypostasis; quiddity, haecceity; quintessence; stuff
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