pi·​men·​to | \ pə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce pimento (audio) \
plural pimentos or pimento

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Recent Examples on the Web Remove and add pimento, oil and salt and pepper to taste. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 Dec. 2020 Zack Bruell will hold a demonstration on making the perfect pimento-cheese sandwich, a traditional treat at the Masters. Marc Bona, cleveland, 29 Oct. 2020 Rub the pork with the salt, sugar, pimento, nutmeg, mace, and black pepper. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2019 In Jamaica, jerk joints use pimento or sweetwood (laurel), but Bucher uses a secret technique to match the flavor with Wisconsin hardwood. Kevin Revolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Aug. 2019 The menu features steamed blue crabs, a whole roasted pig and all the fixings, including sweet corn and pimento mac and cheese. Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2019 This is Jamaica’s signature cuisine of pork, chicken or fish cooked over a fire of smoky pimento wood. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, 29 July 2019 The Jamaican version is a large fish, fried with the head on, then smothered in onions and carrots and given a pepper-and-pimento sauce so liberally doused with vinegar as to seem pickled. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 10 July 2019 Once combined with the rub, the meat is cooked over a bed of charcoal, often with some pimento wood. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of pimento

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pimento

Spanish pimienta allspice, pepper, from Late Latin pigmenta, plural of pigmentum plant juice, from Latin, pigment

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“Pimento.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimento. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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pi·​men·​to | \ pə-ˈment-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce pimento (audio) \
plural pimentos or pimento

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