water pepper

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water pepper was circa 1538

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“Water pepper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20pepper. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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