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Definition of "pistachio" [pis•ta•chio]

  • A deciduous tree (Pistacia vera) of central and western Asia, having pinnately compound leaves and dry, drupaceous, nutlike fruits. (noun)
  • The nutlike fruit of this tree, having an edible, oily, green or yellow kernel. (noun)
  • The flavor of these nuts. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pistachio" in a sentence
  • "A spear of manchego, chorizo and a dot of quince paste coated in pistachio crumbs has the tongue doing somersaults with its sweet, salty and spicy notes."
  • "We steal around another bend where gray rock walls give way to a slew of multicolored facades in pistachio green, custard yellow and rum raisin red -- village homes crammed together in rows like so many colorful LifeSaver candies in a pack."
  • "I never thought much of their chocolate one, and the pistachio is just okay."