the soft, juicy, edible part of a fruit.
the pith of the stem of a plant.
a soft or fleshy part of an animal body.
Also called dental pulp. the inner substance of the tooth, containing arteries, veins, and lymphatic and nerve tissue that communicate with their respective vascular, lymph, and nerve systems.
any soft, moist, slightly cohering mass, as that into which linen, wood, etc., are converted in the making of paper.
a magazine or book printed on rough, low-quality paper made of wood pulp or rags, and usually containing sensational and lurid stories, articles, etc.
Compare 1 (def 9).
verb (used with object)
to reduce to pulp.
to reduce (printed papers, books, etc.) to pulp for use in making new paper.
to remove the pulp from.
verb (used without object)
to become reduced to pulp.
soft or fleshy plant tissue, such as the succulent part of a fleshy fruit
a moist mixture of cellulose fibres, as obtained from wood, from which paper is made
(dentistry) the soft innermost part of a tooth, containing nerves and blood vessels
any soft soggy mass or substance
(mining) pulverized ore, esp when mixed with water
to reduce (a material or solid substance) to pulp or (of a material or solid substance) to be reduced to pulp
(transitive) to remove the pulp from (fruit)
c.1400, “fleshy part of a fruit or plant,” from Latin pulpa “animal or plant pulp; pith of wood,” earlier *pelpa, perhaps from the same root as pulvis “dust,” pollen “fine flour” (see pollen); extended to other similar substances by early 15c. The adjective meaning “sensational” is from pulp magazine (1931), so called from pulp in sense of “type of rough paper used in cheaply made magazines and books” (1727). As a genre name, pulp fiction attested by 1943 (pulp writer “writer of pulp fiction” was in use by 1939). The opposite adjective in reference to magazines was slick.
1660s “reduce to pulp” (implied in pulping), from pulp (n.). As “to remove the pulp from,” from 1791. Related: Pulped.
pulp’ous (pŭl’pəs) or pulp’y adj.
The soft tissue, containing blood vessels and nerves, that makes up the interior of the tooth.
: a pulp romance
A magazine printed on rough paper and devoted to adventure, science fiction, cowboy stories, rude erotica, etc (1931+)
- Pulp nodule
pulp nodule n. See pulp stone.
[puhl-pot-uh-mee] /pʌlˈpɒt ə mi/ noun, plural pulpotomies. Dentistry. 1. the removal of infected portions of the tissue in a tooth, used as a therapeutic measure to avoid pulpectomy. pulpotomy pul·pot·o·my (pŭl-pŏt’ə-mē) n. Surgical removal of a portion of the dental pulp, usually of the coronal portion. Also called pulp amputation.
noun 1. plaster containing shredded wood fiber.
- Pulp stone
pulp stone n. A calcified mass of dentin within the dental pulp. Also called denticle, pulp nodule.