pep·​per·​corn | \ ˈpe-pər-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce peppercorn (audio) \

Definition of peppercorn

: a dried berry of the black pepper

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Beneath the fancy exterior is a combination of powdery florals, like pink peppercorn, heliotrope, and balsam. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Tom Ford's Métallique Fragrance Is Worth It," 28 Aug. 2019 And Hangar One makes a vodka from California fog and has a portfolio that includes pink peppercorn, honeycomb, chipotle, and, of course, a rosé vodka. Fortune, "Goodbye, Orange Creamsicle Vodka: Brands Like Absolut and Ketel One Want to Get In on the Wellness Movement," 24 Aug. 2019 Likewise, grind or pulverize seeds, dried flowers, peppercorns and other spices. Kara Elder, Twin Cities, "There’s a world of cured fish beyond lox. Here’s what to try and how to make it.," 9 Aug. 2019 To make the brine: In a large saucepan, combine 4 cups water, the vinegar, salt, bay leaf, chipotle chiles, garlic cloves, peppercorns and Mexican oregano and heat until simmering., "A world tour of pickles in the Bay Area and how to make them," 26 July 2019 In a 2-quart stainless steel saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, mustard seeds and peppercorns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019 Don’t miss the delicate pearl-pink taramosalata, with a tangy edge of garlic, or the marinated sea bass, cut paper thin and studded with peppercorns. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Balsamic vinaigrette on your salad or cognac-peppercorn sauce on your filet mignon? Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 In van Leeuwenhoek’s peppercorn, the heat of compounds called piperines discourages insects from eating the plant. Rob Dunn, National Geographic, "Microscopic images reveal how herbs get their flavor," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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