noun \ˈkā-pər\

Definition of CAPER

:  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
:  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



: 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



Definition of CAPER

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

First Known Use of CAPER



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the low prickly shrubs that make up the genus Capparis (family Capparaceae), of the Mediterranean region. The European caperbush (C. spinosa) is known for its flower buds, which are pickled in vinegar and used as a spicy condiment. The term caper also refers to one of the pickled flower buds or young berries. Buds of C. decidua are eaten as potherbs, and curries are prepared from seeds and fruits of C. zeylandica.


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