Definition of pistachio in English:


Pronunciation /pɪˈstatʃəʊ//pɪˈstɑːʃɪəʊ/


  • 1The edible pale green seed of an Asian tree.

    as modifier ‘pistachio ice cream’
    • ‘(Once, Ken showed up with a bag of shelled pistachio nuts.’
    • ‘At any rate, we move from walnuts to pistachios.’
    • ‘Serve the rice hot, in a mound, with the pine nuts, pistachios and almonds sprinkled on top.’
    • ‘That's just 22 almonds, three tablespoons of cashews, 28 peanuts, 47 pistachios, or 14 walnut halves.’
    • ‘Substitute shelled pistachios for nuts in any recipe you fancy.’
    • ‘If you want your paste to not be green, soak the pistachios overnight, and then remove the skins with a tea towel.’
    • ‘It has hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, walnuts… all held together in a flaky, buttery crust.’
    • ‘Olives and pistachio nuts are the most luxurious things I have ever eaten.’
    • ‘Chop the pistachios and scatter both nuts and cherries over the rice just before serving.’
    • ‘I also added some dried cranberries to give a bit of Christmas touch to the cookies with their color combined with green from pistachios.’
    • ‘Thankfully for me I love cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios.’
    • ‘I love the reds and the greens of the pistachios layered on top.’
    • ‘Place the pistachios in a sauté pan and lightly toast over medium heat.’
    • ‘Garnish with celery greens, pistachios, capers and sea salt.’
    • ‘I can only describe them as 150% sweet, sticky, full of sesame seeds and pistachio nuts with added chilli and curry powder.’
    • ‘In an elegant ice-cream shop a white-coated young man is pounding green pistachios in a massive mortar.’
    • ‘Halve or chop the pistachios and scatter them over the top.’
    • ‘On the plate was a kind of honey-puff cereal with pistachios, ‘shredded wheat,’ liquefied melon, yogurt, and candied walnuts.’
    • ‘Besides being fun to eat, pistachio nuts are a boon to our health.’
    • ‘How she loved to crunch them; dry roasted peanuts, macadamias, cashews, pistachios, walnuts and Brazils.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A pale green colour.
      • ‘The entrance hall, with wooden flooring and understairs storage, is decorated in pistachio and features ceiling coving, a centre rose and dado rail.’
      • ‘A log-burning stove warms one corner of the bar, while pistachio green walls are littered with caricatures and sketches.’
      • ‘Most women can easily distinguish between forest, kelly, sea, celadon, lime, kiwi, jade, sage and pistachio greens.’
      • ‘The fantasy is unfolding almost invisibly in Prakash Talkies, a decrepit theater with shocking pistachio green walls.’
      • ‘The whole process takes about 15 minutes: water is driven off, the beans turn pistachio green then pale yellow before going brown.’
      • ‘Her room was a pale pistachio green with white molding and a sky blue carpet.’
      • ‘The ironwork was repainted in its original tone of pistachio.’
      • ‘The tile print is available in pistachio green or pink, while the summery garden trellis print comes in red and cream or black.’
      • ‘Black is apparently out and colours like bright green are in - this despite the fact that emerald green and hunter green or pistachio green are unflattering to female skin.’
      • ‘What she hadn't noticed - and even I'm not sure how this happened - was that the ceiling was also now pistachio.’
      • ‘Available in canvas, pistachio, and pool blue in sizes S - 2XL.’
      • ‘Back inside, to the left of the kitchen an inner hall leads to the family bathroom and a small bedroom painted pistachio green.’
      • ‘But what I can already tell you is that it looks lovely, with its shades of baby pink and pistachio green.’
      • ‘Long piano fingers, silver rings glittering, nails painted pistachio green.’
      • ‘I don't understand why anyone would make their mercs a pistachio green colour.’
      • ‘The problem that Thomas faced was the previous owner's passion for pistachio green and dark-stained wood.’
  • 2The evergreen tree which produces the pistachio, with small brownish-green flowers and oval reddish fruit. It is widely cultivated, especially around the Mediterranean and in the US.

    Pistacia vera, family Anacardiaceae

    • ‘The king of such devices is the divine Chateau Laguiole cleaver, which is available from Terroirs from around £80 in a variety of burnished woods including pistachio and olive wood.’
    • ‘One of the first pistachio growers in the state, David has seen pistachio farming grow to over 100,000 acres and 150 to 250 million pounds of in-shell nuts per year in California.’
    • ‘Many of these lepidopteran pest species of pome fruit have a broad host range that can include cherry, peach/nectarine, grape, citrus, kiwi, and pistachio, as well as uncultivated hosts.’
    • ‘Mangoes come in hundreds of varieties and a wide range of shapes and sizes, and are distant relatives of cashews, pistachios, poison oak and poison ivy.’
    • ‘The Chinese pistachio is a beautiful tree that matures to about 40 feet in height with a 30-foot canopy.’
    • ‘Representatives of several major media outlets were on hand as hundreds of volunteers, many of them TXU employees, gathered to plant the oaks, cypresses, and pistachios.’


Late Middle English pistace, from Old French, superseded in the 16th century by forms from Italian pistaccio, via Latin from Greek pistakion, from Old Persian.