(Piss"a*bed`) n. (Bot.) A name locally applied to various wild plants, as dandelion, bluet, oxeye daisy, etc.

(Pis"sas*phalt) n. [L. pissasphaltus, Gr. pitch + asphalt: cf. F. pissasphalte.] (Min.) Earth pitch; a soft, black bitumen of the consistence of tar, and of a strong smell. It is inflammable, and intermediate between petroleum and asphalt. [Written also pisasphaltum, pisasphalt, etc.]

(Pist) n. (Man.) See Piste.

(Pis*ta"chio) n. [It. pistacchio fr. L. pistacium, Gr. fr. Per. pistah. Cf. Fistinut.] (Bot.) 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. [Written also pistachia.]

(||Pis*ta"ci*a) n. [NL. See Pistachio.] (Bot.) The name of a genus of trees, including the tree which bears the pistachio, the Mediterranean mastic tree and the species (P. Terebinthus) which yields Chian or Cyprus turpentine.

(Pis"ta*cite) n. [Cf. F. pistacite. So called from its green color. See Pistachio.] (Min.) Epidote.

(Pis`ta*reen") n. An old Spanish silver coin of the value of about twenty cents.

(Pis"ta*zite) n. (Min.) Same as Pistacite.

(Piste) n. [F., fr. L. pisere, pinsere, pistum, to pound.] (Min.) The track or tread a horseman makes upon the ground he goes over. Johnson.

(Pis"tel Pis"til) , n. An epistle. [Obs.]

(Pis"tic) a. [L. pisticus, Gr. .] Pure; genuine. [R.] Jer. Taylor.

(Pis"til) n. [L. pistillum, pistillus, a pestle: cf. F. pistil. See Pestle.] (Bot.) The seed-bearing organ of a flower. It consists of an ovary, containing the ovules or rudimentary seeds, and a stigma, which is commonly raised on an elongated portion called a style. When composed of one carpel a pistil is simple; when composed of several, it is compound. See Illust. of Flower, and Ovary.

(Pis`til*la"ceous) a. (Bot.) Growing on, or having nature of, the pistil; of or pertaining to a pistil. Barton.

(Pis"til*late) a. (Bot.) Having a pistil or pistils; — usually said of flowers having pistils but no stamens.

(Pis`til*la"tion) n. [L. pistillum a pestle.] The act of pounding or breaking in a mortar; pestillation. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(||Pis`til*lid"i*um) n.; pl. Pistillida [NL., fr. E. pistil.] (Bot.) Same as Archegonium.

(Pis`til*lif"er*ous) a. [Pistil + -ferous: cf. F. pistillifère.] (Bot.) Pistillate.

(Pis"til*lo*dy) n. [Pistil + Gr. form.] (Bot.) The metamorphosis of other organs into pistils.

(Pis"tol) n. [F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. Pistole.] The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, — now of many patterns, and bearing a great variety of names. See Illust. of Revolver.

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