pep·per·corn | \ˈpe-pər-ˌkȯrn \

Definition of peppercorn 

: a dried berry of the black pepper

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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 Also not helpful, according to Tishler, are various stoner folk remedies, which include taking CBD (a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis) and chewing peppercorns. Dan Adams,, "21 questions answered about legal marijuana in Massachusetts," 21 June 2018 Use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to grind peppercorns and coriander, separately, to a medium-fine powder. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Recipe, The Legend: Bombay Bread Bar’s Black Pepper Shrimp," 12 July 2018 The former looks nearly volcanic in a stock of red chile peppers and mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018 The broth is very aromatic, with an alluring deep-red hue and a pleasant tingle from Sichuan peppercorns. Sunset, "Spicy Sichuan Broth," 22 Jan. 2018 For garnishes, a grating of lemon or lime zest on the honeydews or watermelons works nicely; a faint grinding of pink peppercorns on the Charentais draws out the flavors of the Port. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 2018 The scalding soup has a truly sour quality spiked with heat from the peppercorns. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mister Jiu’s fulfills its vision with 3½ stars," 11 Apr. 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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