Pith vs Pulp - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between pith and pulp

is that pith is the soft, spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees while pulp is a soft, moist, shapeless mass or matter.

As verbs the difference between pith and pulp

is that pith is to extract the pith from (a plant stem or tree) while pulp is to make, or be made into pulp .

As an adjective pulp is

(fiction) of or pertaining to pulp magazines; in the style of a pulp magazine or the material printed within such a publication.

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.
  • pulp

    English

    (wikipedia pulp)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (fiction) Of or pertaining to pulp magazines; in the style of a pulp magazine or the material printed within such a publication.
  • * {{quote-usenet
  • , year = 1997 , monthday = July 22 , author = Eric Gimlin , email = , title = Re: Annual theme '98 , id = 33D504B4.105@swbell.net , url = https://groups.google.com/d/msg/rec.arts.comics.dc.universe/h6fDoLuqLi4/pgvPYWi2DZIJ , group = rec.arts.comics.dc.universe }}
    The Nightwing annual had what felt like a very 'pulp-ish' plot, and the Superman annual was great, with a very pulp plot and a incredible Doc Savage tribute cover.
  • * {{quote-usenet
  • , year = 2003 , monthday = January 3 , author = Mark Wheatley , email = , title = Re: PULP 2003 READING , id = 3E159FC7.70409@insightstudiosgroup.com , url = https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.pulp/lPi5SkZJfHo/KeinLoXh5_4J , group = alt.pulp }}
    Rather than Asimov I might suggest Stanley Weinbaum (since he died young and early in his career, he is far more "pulp " than Asimov - and remarkably readable - there is a LANCER collection of some of his short stories).

    Synonyms

    * (l), (l)

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A soft, moist, shapeless mass or matter.
  • A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter]] and being characteristically [[print, printed on rough, unfinished paper.
  • The soft center of a fruit
  • The soft center of a tooth
  • A mixture of wood, cellulose and/or rags and water ground up to make paper.
  • Mass of chemically processed wood fibres (cellulose).
  • Derived terms

    * beat to a pulp * pulp chamber * pulpaceous * pulpal * pulpament * pulpectomy * pulpify * pulpily * pulpless * pulp mill * pulpous * pulpotomy * pulpwood * pulpy

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make, or be made into pulp
  • To beat to a pulp.
  • Derived terms

    * pulper