monk's pepper

noun

variants or less commonly monk's pepper tree
: chaste tree
Vitex goes by the names chaste tree and monk's pepper. Both stem from its long use in Europe, where it is native, as a medicinal herb to lower the libido …Dan Gill, Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 28 May 2011
The researchers tested dried extract of the fruit of Vitex agnus castus, a tree found widely in southern Europe and western Asia for centuries. It traditionally was also thought to counteract sexual desire; along with chasteberry, it has also been called monk's pepper tree.John O'Neil, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2001

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monk's pepper was in 1900

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“Monk's pepper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monk%27s%20pepper. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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