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

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Recent Examples on the Web In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine 5 cups water, the garlic, bay leaves, cumin, allspice, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper., "Recipes: A weeknight meal that makes the most of classic Middle Eastern ingredients," 7 Apr. 2021 Reduce the speed to low, add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and allspice, if using, and mix until evenly combined, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl if using a stand mixer. Washington Post, "Thick and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are a classic for a reason," 3 Mar. 2021 In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vegan Ginger Cookies recipe," 1 Dec. 2020 Make the syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and chocolate (if using), stirring to mix. Washington Post, "In Irish whiskey’s resurgence, individuality reigns. Here’s how to celebrate it in cocktails.," 12 Mar. 2021 Cloves pair well with other flavors, including allspice, basil, cinnamon, citrus, cumin, red wine, onion, peppercorn and star anise. Laura Wheatman Hill,, "What are the health benefits of cloves?," 6 Mar. 2021 In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice until smooth. Dallas News, "3 essential recipes from Jake Cohen’s new ‘Jew-ish’ cookbook," 5 Mar. 2021 And in Morocco, chicken thighs and chickpeas soak up savory ras el hanout, a spice blend that includes cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and allspice. Christopher Kimball,, "Three recipes that take the guesswork out of braising chicken," 2 Feb. 2021 To prepare meatballs: In a large bowl, use hands to mix together pork, beef, onion, sour cream, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, allspice, and nutmeg until well combined. Star Tribune, "Sunday supper: Swedish Meatballs With Noodles and Chutney," 29 Jan. 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 16 May. 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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