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Pronunciation: (pulp), [key]
n.
1. the soft, juicy, edible part of a fruit.
2. the pith of the stem of a plant.
3. a soft or fleshy part of an animal body.
4. 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. See diag. under tooth.
5. any soft, moist, slightly cohering mass, as that into which linen, wood, etc., are converted in the making of paper.
6. 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. Cf. slick 1 (def. 9).
7. Mining.
a. ore pulverized and mixed with water.
b. dry crushed ore.

v.t.
1. to reduce to pulp.
2. to reduce (printed papers, books, etc.) to pulp for use in making new paper.
3. to remove the pulp from.

v.i.
to become reduced to pulp.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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