black pepper

noun
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of black pepper

before 12th century


BLACK PEPPER Defined for English Language Learners

black pepper

noun

Definition of black pepper for English Language Learners

  • : 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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black pepper

noun

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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