black pepper noun
: a food seasoning that is made by grinding the dried berries of an Indian plant along with their hard, black covers
: a spice that consists of the dried berry of an Indian vine ground with the black husk still on; also : the plant (Piper nigrum) that yields black pepper
First Known Use of BLACK PEPPER
before 12th century
black pepper noun (Medical Dictionary)
: a condiment that consists of the fruit of an East Indian plant of the genus Piper (P. nigrum) ground with the black husk still on
black pepper noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Perennial, woody climbing vine (Piper nigrum) of the family Piperaceae, native to India; also, the hotly pungent spice made from its berries. One of the earliest spices known, pepper is probably the most widely used spice in the world today. It early became an important article of overland trade between India and Europe. The plant is cultivated throughout Indonesia and has been introduced into tropical areas elsewhere. It has broad, shiny leaves and dense, slender spikes of small flowers. The small berrylike fruits are called peppercorns. See also pepper.
Variants of BLACK PEPPER
black pepper or pepper
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