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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Brush each slice with syrup mixture and sprinkle with crushed fennel seeds and pinch black pepper. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Bloody Caesar with Maple-Fennel Bacon," 9 Oct. 2018 Makes: 12 egg muffins 1 pepper, diced 1 cup mushrooms, diced 12 large eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp red chili powder 1/2 tsp onion powder Directions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Meal Preps for Her Whole Family For a Week," 5 Aug. 2018 Those key notes are blended with black pepper, lemon sfuma, magnolia grandiflora, jasmine absolute, olibanum essential oil, and Ambrox Super. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan Are the Faces of Calvin Klein's New Fragrance, Women," 16 July 2018 Plum, smoke, leather, tobacco leaf, cola and black pepper gave way to a zippy spice on the finish of this Old Mission Peninsula wine. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Sprinkle chicken with salt, curry powder, and black pepper. Lisa Lillien,, "Hungry Girl Shares Her Thai-Inspired Chicken and Creamy Peanut Sauce Recipe," 2 July 2018 Acini de Pepe pasta with Pecorino and black pepper. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Procter & Gamble’s Alex Keith Changed the Way You Do Laundry," 16 May 2018 In another bowl, stir together the ricotta, chopped basil, salt, and black pepper. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: A large round of pizza dough is grilled with veggies and ricotta, then drizzled with honey," 9 July 2018 Toss the ramps with one tablespoon of canola oil, salt and black pepper. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of black pepper

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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