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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Expect full-on flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry and cassis with touches of spice like clove, black pepper and star anise, earthy notes of saddle leather, truffle and black olive, and a hint of flowers. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2023 Think of Cacio e Pepe, a mound of spaghetti dressed in a snowstorm of Pecorino and Parmigiano and black pepper. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Jalapeño and cayenne peppers contain capsaicin, but the heat in wasabi or black pepper stems from different chemicals that activate different nerve endings. Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2022 Add chopped celery, onions, carrots, broth, cubed bread, garlic powder, parsley, thyme and black pepper to pan and cover. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 17 Dec. 2022 Foods such as ginger, fennel, and black pepper contain essential oils that work as a natural antiflatulent. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 Mix the strained potatoes in a large bowl with chopped onions, thyme, eggs and black pepper. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2022 Lin likes to add a pinch of paprika or black pepper to soft ginger molasses cookies or his gingerbread tree cookies to make the spice blend a bit more exciting. Casey Barber, CNN, 10 Dec. 2022 Just heat some butter and garlic then add fresh herbs and black pepper. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Black pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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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