water pepper

noun

Definition of water pepper

: an annual European smartweed (Polygonum hydropiper) of moist soils with extremely acrid peppery juice that is naturalized in North America also : a related American perennial (P. hydropiperoides) with mildly acrid juice

First Known Use of water pepper

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Water pepper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20pepper. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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