from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deciduous tree (Pistacia vera) of central and western Asia, having pinnately compound leaves and dry, drupaceous, nutlike fruits.
- n. The nutlike fruit of this tree, having an edible, oily, green or yellow kernel.
- n. The flavor of these nuts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A deciduous tree, Pistacia vera, grown in parts of Asia for its drupaceous fruit
- n. The nutlike fruit of this tree
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The nut of the Pistacia vera, a tree of the order Anacardiaceæ, containing a kernel of a pale greenish color, which has a pleasant taste, resembling that of the almond, and yields an oil of agreeable taste and odor; -- called also pistachio nut. It is wholesome and nutritive. The tree grows in Arabia, Persia, Syria, and Sicily.
- n. The small anacardiaceous tree (Pistacia vera), of southern Europe and Asia Minor, which bears the pistachio nut. Called also pistache.
- n. The flavor of the pistachio nut, or an ice or confection flavored with it.
- n. Pistachio green.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as pistachio-nut.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small tree of southern Europe and Asia Minor bearing small hard-shelled nuts
- n. nut of Mediterranean trees having an edible green kernel
Italian pistacchio, from Latin pistacium, pistachio nut, from Greek pistakion, from pistakē, pistachio tree, perhaps from Middle Persian *pistak.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian pistacchio, from Latin pistacium ("pistachio"), from Ancient Greek πιστάκιον (pistakion), from πιστάκη (pistakē, "pistachio tree"), of Iranian origin; compare Kurdish pisteq, Persian پسته (pista), Middle Persian 𐭯𐭮𐭲𐭪 (pistag, "pistachio nut"), Old Armenian պիստակ (pistak) (from Iranian). (Wiktionary)