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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: pulpa 'flesh, pulp'

pulp

1 noun
     
pulp1
1

soft substance

[singular,uncountable] a very soft substance that is almost liquid, made by crushing plants, wood, vegetables etc:
Mash the bananas to a pulp.
timber grown for wood pulp (=used for making paper)
a soft pulp of leaves and mud
2HBP

fruit/vegetable

[uncountable] the soft inside part of a fruit or vegetable:
Halve the melon and scoop out the pulp.
3

books/film etc

[uncountable] American English books, magazines, films etc that are badly written and that contain lots of sex, violence etc:
an ad in a pulp magazine
4

beat somebody to a pulp

informal to seriously injure someone by hitting them many times
5HBH

tooth

[uncountable] part of the inside of a tooth
pulpy adjective:
Cook slowly until soft and pulpy.
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