ber·​be·​re ˌber-bə-ˈrā How to pronounce berbere (audio)
: a blend of powdered spices including red chili pepper that is used in Ethiopian cooking
… market places in Ethiopia … where again one encounters … excruciatingly hot berbere, the spiced dried powder without which no Ethiopian cook could prepare a meal.A. D. Krikorian, The Quarterly Review Of Biology, September 1996

Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of berbere was in 1976

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“Berbere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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