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caper

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1caper

noun ca·per \ˈkā-pər\

Definition of CAPER

1
:  any of a genus (Capparis of the family Capparidaceae, the caper family) of low prickly shrubs of the Mediterranean region; especially :  one (C. spinosa) cultivated for its buds
2
:  one of the immature greenish flower buds of the caper pickled and used as a seasoning or garnish

Origin of CAPER

back-formation from earlier capers (taken as a plural), from Middle English caperis, from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with CAPER

2caper

verb

: to jump around in a lively way

ca·peredca·per·ing \-p(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of CAPER

intransitive verb
:  to leap or prance about in a playful manner

Examples of CAPER

  1. a young goat capering in its pen
  2. <as summer drew to a close, the children spent their days wistfully capering on the beach>

Origin of CAPER

probably by shortening & alteration from capriole
First Known Use: 1588

3caper

noun

Definition of CAPER

1
:  a frolicsome leap
2
:  a capricious escapade :  prank
3
:  an illegal or questionable act; especially :  theft

First Known Use of CAPER

1592

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