Pith vs Pithlike - What's the difference?

pith | pithlike |


As a noun pith

is the soft, spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees.

As a verb pith

is to extract the pith from (a plant stem or tree).

As an adjective pithlike is

resembling pith or some aspect of it.

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.
  • pithlike

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Resembling pith or some aspect of it.
  • Synonyms

    * pithy