Pith vs Pish - What's the difference?

pith | pish |


As nouns the difference between pith and pish

is that pith is the soft, spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees while pish is a sibilant noise (eg "psshh") made by birders and ornithologists to attract small birds.

As verbs the difference between pith and pish

is that pith is to extract the pith from (a plant stem or tree) while pish is to try to attract birds by making a sibilant noise (eg "psshh").

As an interjection pish is

an expression of disdain.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

pith

English

Noun

(-)
  • The soft, spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees.
  • The spongy interior substance of a feather.
  • The spinal cord; the marrow.
  • (figuratively) The essential or vital part.
  • The pith of my idea is truth.
  • * Shakespeare
  • enterprises of great pith and moment

    Synonyms

    * (essential or necessary part) core, essence, general tenor, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, quintessence, soul, spirit, stuff, substance

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To extract the pith from (a plant stem or tree).
  • To kill (especially cattle or laboratory animals) by cutting or piercing the spinal cord.
  • pish

    English

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • An expression of disdain.
  • Noun

    (wikipedia pish) (es)
  • A sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh") made by birders and ornithologists to attract small birds.
  • Verb

    (es)
  • To try to attract birds by making a sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh").
  • To express contempt.
  • 1606 - act ii, scene 1
    Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd cur of Iceland!

    Usage notes

    * Most commonly found in the gerund or present participle pishing .

    References

    * * Dunne, Peter (2006). The Art of Pishing: How to Attract Birds by Mimicking Their Calls . ISBN 9780811732956. * Langham, G. M.; Contreras, T.A. & Sieving, K.E. (2006). Why pishing works: Titmouse (Paridae) scolds elicit a generalized response in bird communities]. Ecoscience 13 (4): 485–496. doi:10.2980/1195-6860(2006)13[485:WPWTPS2.0.CO;2

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