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 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, "Wisconsin's coolest diner in the middle of a forest is now serving craft beer and jerk chicken out of shipping containers," 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, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 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, "Taking a family vacation to Jamaica? 10 reasons to leave your all-inclusive resort," 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, "Review: Saz Jamaican Restaurant, Newington," 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, "The 5 best jerk chicken dishes on Chicago’s South Side," 13 June 2019 In the United States, the Mission olive reigns, in both green (less ripe) and black (very ripe) versions, at least as a pizza topping or stuffed with small poles of pimento. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Marinating olives, Sicilian style and simply," 12 June 2019 Appetizers might be expected on such a table, but not the little gray fish splayed across a saltine that Belanger has set down, nor the Ritz-like crackers topped with vaguely scatological pinkish dollops plugged by pimento-stuffed olives. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The hairbrush made of fingers and other scenes from the mind of Genesis Belanger," 8 June 2019 Brain Cheese: Mold a party cheese log into the shape of a human brain, add pimento peppers for realistic blood clots. Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018

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

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