pep·​per·​corn ˈpe-pər-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce peppercorn (audio)
: a dried berry of the black pepper

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cajun Style seasoning is a blend of smoky cayenne and paprika used in Cajun cooking and the lemon grass, garlic and black peppercorn traditional to Vietnamese recipes. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2023 They were covered in miniature feathers, each the size of a peppercorn. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2011 On December 5, ultra-powerful lasers were fired on a pellet the size of a peppercorn containing a mix of deuterium and tritium – which are components of the fuel that powers the sun. Don Lincoln, CNN, 14 Dec. 2022 With notes of red currant, lavender, and dark dry cherry on the nose, this ruby red-hued wine has a long lasting finish with flavors of strawberry, cherry cola, and a hint of peppercorn. Rachel King, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2022 After a hot oil bath, every nook and cranny is aggressively dusted with a Sichuan peppercorn shake. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2022 Whole peppercorns contain volatile oils that are released when the peppercorn is cracked. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 Other dishes, like the steak peppercorn, were lacking in the flavor department. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 27 July 2022 Instead, the wine’s bracing acidity woke me up to bright flavors of nectarines, not-quite-ripe strawberries and a touch of green peppercorn. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peppercorn was before the 12th century

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“Peppercorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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pep·​per·​corn ˈpep-ər-ˌkȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce peppercorn (audio)
: a dried berry of the black pepper
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