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

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Variation #6: Chai Spice In a small bowl, combine ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom and a few grinds of black pepper. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 In another mixing bowl, whisk together the Parmesan cheese, flour, the remaining 2⅛ teaspoons of salt, and the remaining 1¼ teaspoons of black pepper. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz," 1 Nov. 2014 But in very large amounts, black pepper may affect the way the liver breaks down certain medicines, possibly increasing the chances of side effects. David Becker,, "A cardiologist's 5 best ways to cut salt from your diet," 22 May 2018 Taste and adjust seasoning with lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Smoked Salmon Sandwiches With Finger Lime Aioli," 26 Apr. 2018 Season steak with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Thai Steak and Pear Salad," 20 Nov. 2017 Two days before roasting, sprinkle the entire bird very liberally with a mixture of Herbes de Provence, sea salt and black pepper. Fox News, "6 biggest turkey myths debunked," 3 Nov. 2015 Add scallion, black and/or white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic powder, and coarsely ground black pepper and pulse just to combine. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Everything Bagel Dip," 21 Dec. 2018 Then add the black pepper, coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, turmeric, green and black cardamom pods, cloves and bay leaves; cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until fragrant. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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