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 Season with lots of black pepper and other seasonings to taste. Judy Walker,, "Cooler days, fall vegetables in markets stir cravings for hearty, comforting soup recipes," 7 Oct. 2020 Un-boo-lievably Silky Slime, is a black shower jelly, emanating a spicy-sweet blend of vanilla, black pepper oil, and dark Sumatran patchouli. Sarah Midkiff,, "Lush Just Dropped Its Halloween Collection — & You’ll Want To Draw A Bath ASAP," 15 Sep. 2020 Rice bowls, with secret-recipe rice and beans, include proteins like mango habanero chicken, pork chops and black pepper shrimp. Leeanne Griffin,, "MofonGo Restaurant to open Windsor location," 10 Sep. 2020 Add the shallot, garlic, red pepper flakes, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "This roast cauliflower sandwich proves vegetables can be hearty and even indulgent," 28 June 2020 Toss with pasta, adding some vegetable liquid if pasta seems dry, and sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper, to taste. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Cauliflower Alfredo," 1 Oct. 2020 Splash the rice vinegar over the vegetables, tossing to incorporate — season with a pinch of black pepper, or to taste; set aside. San Diego Union-Tribune, "You won’t miss the meat with these spicy peanut tofu tacos," 30 Sep. 2020 Add onions, capers, serrano pepper, Pernod and black pepper., "To grill a gorgeous whole salmon, anoint the grate with oil. Lots and lots of oil," 27 Sep. 2020 Remove from heat and stir in garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how you can entice kids to eat more vegetables," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of black pepper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Black pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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