black pepper


Definition of 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 For instance, our signature scent is a mashup of scents that would have been stowed away in her ship's hull, including, rosewood, cedar, lemon tree, dates, sweet orange, black pepper, incense, cardamon, vetiver, and patchouli. Paul Jebara, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 As a bonus, the formula includes turmeric, ginger, and black pepper, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits., 27 Sep. 2021 The details note that the wine has tasting notes of blackcurrant, cherry, clove, and black pepper, which explains the kick. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 23 Sep. 2021 Make the eggs: If making scrambled eggs, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 On the nose, there is a distinct aroma of black pepper. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Make a marinade for the tuna with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, a big pinch of salt, ½ teaspoon Black Urfa chili, ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and the juice of half a lemon. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Structured, layered aromas include orange rind, black pepper, cloves, teak and eucalyptus. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 They are patted dry and rubbed down with a crumbly spice paste made from guajillo powder, coriander, brown sugar, black pepper, garlic and onion powder. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of black pepper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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10 Oct 2021

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“Black pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of black pepper

: a food seasoning that is made by grinding the dried berries of an Indian plant along with their hard, black covers

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Medical Definition of 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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