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pepper

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noun pep·per \ˈpe-pər\

Definition of pepper

  1. 1 a :  either of two pungent products from the fruit of an Indian plant (Piper nigrum) that are used chiefly as condiments: (1) :  black pepper (2) :  white pepper b :  any of several products similar to pepper that are obtained from plants of the same genus <cubeb pepper> c :  any of various pungent condiments of plants unrelated to the pepper <Szechuan pepper>

  2. 2 :  any of a genus (Piper of the family Piperaceae, the pepper family) of tropical mostly jointed climbing shrubs with aromatic leaves; especially :  a woody vine (P. nigrum) with spicate flowers that is widely cultivated in the tropics for its red berries from which black pepper and white pepper are prepared

  3. 3 a :  capsicum 1; especially :  one (Capsicum annuum) whose fruits are hot peppers or sweet peppers b :  the hollow fruit of a pepper that is usually green when unripe and red or yellow when ripe

pepper

adjective


Origin and Etymology of pepper

Middle English peper, from Old English pipor, from Latin piper, from Greek peperi


First Known Use: before 12th century


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pepper

verb pep·per

Simple Definition of pepper

  • : to add pepper to (food)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pepper

peppered

peppering

play \ˈpe-p(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to sprinkle or season with pepper b :  to shower with or as if with shot or other missiles

  3. 2 :  to hit with or as if with rapid repeated blows

  4. 3 :  to sprinkle or cover as if with pepper <peppered the report with statistics> <a face peppered with freckles>

pepperer

play \-pər-ər\ noun

Examples of pepper in a sentence

  1. You need to pepper the stew more.

  2. <pepper the costume with flecks of glitter>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of pepper

before 12th century


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pepper

noun pep·per

Definition of pepper

  1. :  a baseball practice or warm-up game in which usually several fielders toss the ball a short distance to a single batter who hits it back



Origin and Etymology of pepper

probably from 2pep + 2-er


First Known Use: 1943

Rhymes with pepper



PEPPER Defined for Kids

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pepper

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noun pep·per \ˈpe-pər\

Definition of pepper for Students

  1. 1 :  a black or white spice that has a sharp flavor and comes from the dried ground-up fruit of an Indian climbing shrub

  2. 2 :  a usually green, red, or yellow vegetable that has a sharp or mildly sweet flavor and grows on a bushy garden plant




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pepper

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verb pep·per

Definition of pepper for Students

peppered

peppering

  1. 1 :  to season with or as if with pepper

  2. 2 :  to hit with or as if with a shower of blows or objects <Hail peppered the hikers.> <Freckles peppered his face.>




Medical Dictionary

pepper

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noun pep·per \ˈpep-ər\

Medical Definition of pepper

  1. 1a:  a woody Indian vine of the genus Piper (P. nigrum) that is widely cultivated in the tropics for its red berries from which black pepper and white pepper are preparedb (1):  black pepper (2):  white pepper

  2. 2:  capsicum 2





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