pith helmetpith helmet
a hat made of pith, cork, or other lightweight material, often with a wide brim, used as a sunshade in hot climates
A lightweight hat made from the dried pith of certain tropical Asian plants or from cork.
(plural pith helmets)
- A lightweight helmet-shaped hat made of the pith of the sola or shola (Indian spongewood) plant covered with white cotton and faced with green cloth. Originally used by the British army in India in the 19th century, later used more widely.
- A hat of similar appearance, but made of different materials.