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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Stir lightly, and garnish with pink peppercorn dust on top. Lisa Futterman,, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 Guests in the know order the Heirloom—Bacardi, Sichuan peppercorns, and a hint of sesame—inspired by award-winning bartender Summer Lo’s ancestral home in China. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018 Culprit’s boysenberry marshmallow ambrosia is one to try, as is Orphan’s Kitchen’s avocado bombe Alaska, served with lime and Kahikatea peppercorn, (a native pine). Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 But in the Krishna house, chai is typically a milky, English breakfast tea made earthy and aromatic with any combination of fresh ginger, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks. Priya Krishna, Bon Appetit, "The Chai Formula That's Impossible to Mess Up," 5 Feb. 2018 Some Baijiu tastes a bit like tropical fruit, peppercorn and anise, others like chocolate or soy sauce. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "World’s Most Consumed Liquor Tries to Make It in the U.S.," 14 Oct. 2018 Gently press a peppercorn into the center of each to create pupils. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Light the candles, and then…crush those peppercorns! Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Steak au Poivre from Alex Hitz," 3 Jan. 2014 Staples: vegetable oil spray, brown sugar, salt and black peppercorns. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak for 2," 20 Feb. 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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