grains of paradise

noun phrase

Definition of grains of paradise

: the pungent seeds of a West African plant (Aframomum melegueta) of the ginger family that are used as a spice

First Known Use of grains of paradise

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Grains of paradise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grains%20of%20paradise. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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