black pepper


: a spice that consists of the dried berry of an Indian vine ground with the black husk still on
also : the plant (Piper nigrum) that yields black pepper

Examples of black pepper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Braise & Stew Ingredients 4 lb. oxtail, trimmed Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 Tbsp. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 13 June 2024 Flavorings: Consider adding citrus zest, cream cheese, or spices like ground cardamom or black pepper for a flavorful touch. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 10 June 2024 Advertisement Cherries, brandy, red wine, Armagnac, orange liqueur, a vanilla pod, a little cinnamon, cracked black pepper and orange zest make these cherries especially delicious (and your kitchen will smell like spiced almond blossoms). Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2024 Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, black pepper and lemon juice as needed, then serve. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for black pepper 

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black pepper was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Black pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

black pepper

: a spice that is made by grinding the fruit of the East Indian pepper with the black husk still on

Medical Definition

black pepper

: a condiment that consists of the fruit of an Indian plant of the genus Piper (P. nigrum) ground with the black husk still on

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