all·​spice | \ ˈȯl-ˌspīs How to pronounce allspice (audio) \

Definition of allspice

1 : the berry of a West Indian tree (Pimenta dioica) of the myrtle family also : the allspice tree
2 : a mildly pungent and aromatic spice prepared from dried allspice berries

Examples of allspice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spicy dry rub is made of allspice, cayenne, chili powder, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, paprika and turmeric. Heather Fulbright, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 The typical mixture is made up of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove or allspice — but no pumpkin. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Place pears, orange, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, star anise, cloves, and vanilla in a 6 1/2-quart slow cooker. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 17 Sep. 2021 In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the mustard seeds, celery seeds, allspice, turmeric and mustard powder, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 In pot on stovetop, simmer cinnamon sticks, clove, allspice, salt, black pepper and sugar in one quart of hot water for an hour. Laura Manske, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Its flavors of black fruit and black pepper mix it up with orange peel and allspice, while a mildly savory note lingers in the background. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 28 July 2021 Place the cinnamon sticks and allspice berries on the hot coals., 7 July 2021 It’s a custom blend of allspice, black pepper, garlic, onions, salt and some sweeter aromatics. Washington Post, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of allspice

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Allspice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of allspice

: a spice that is made from the berries of a tree and that is often used in baking


all·​spice | \ ˈȯl-ˌspīs How to pronounce allspice (audio) \

Medical Definition of allspice

: the berry of a West Indian tree of the genus Pimenta (P. dioica) of the myrtle family also : the allspice tree

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