pep·​per·​corn | \ˈpe-pər-ˌkȯrn \

Definition of peppercorn 

: a dried berry of the black pepper

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Meanwhile, place half-and-half, butter, garlic, sage, and peppercorns in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Garlic- and Sage-Infused Mashed Potatoes," 24 Oct. 2018 Add one carrot, one celery stalk, onion, split garlic head, bay leaves, 1 tablespoon salt, peppercorns and 1 cup wine. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Add thebay leaves and peppercorns, then place inthe oven for 3½ hours, turning the oxtail3 times during cooking. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 Add the shrimp shells, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, and 3 quarts of water. John Besh, House Beautiful, "Shrimp and Andouille Over Grits Warms You Right Up," 17 Nov. 2015 Toasting the cumin seeds and peppercorns for a few minutes in a skillet, intensifies their flavor. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How to make Livernois Tap's shawarma chicken wings," 1 June 2018 What a mesmerizing dish, this pot of Fei Teng fish on the table at Sze Chuan in West Allis: snow-white fillets bobbing in a sea of red — chile oil dotted with Sichuan peppercorns and thick with brick-red dried chiles. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gather around the table for Chinese food at Sze Chuan," 6 Mar. 2018 Add peppercorns and red pepper flakes and finely grind. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Pork Shoulder Steaks with Grilled Mustard Greens," 28 May 2018 When the peppercorns are room temperature, grind them as finely as possible with a spice grinder. Pour the ground Sichuan peppercorns through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Mapo Doufu," 27 Mar. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peppercorn

: a dried berry from an Indian plant that is ground to make pepper

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