Bean caper
Caper Ca"per, n. [F. c[^a]pre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. & Per. al-kabar.] 1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper ({Capparis spinosa}), much used for pickles. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Capparis}; -- called also {caper bush}, {caper tree}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The {Capparis spinosa} is a low prickly shrub of the Mediterranean coasts, with trailing branches and brilliant flowers; -- cultivated in the south of Europe for its buds. The {Capparis sodada} is an almost leafless spiny shrub of central Africa (Soudan), Arabia, and southern India, with edible berries. [1913 Webster]

{Bean caper}. See {Bran caper}, in the {Vocabulary}.

{Caper sauce}, a kind of sauce or catchup made of capers. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bean caper — Bean ca per (Bot.) A deciduous plant of warm climates, generally with fleshy leaves and flowers of a yellow or whitish yellow color, of the genus {Zygophyllum}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bean caper — n. any of a genus (Zygophyllum) of plants of the caltrop family having buds used as capers …   English World dictionary

  • bean caper — noun perennial shrub of the eastern Mediterranean region and southwestern Asia having flowers whose buds are used as capers • Syn: ↑Syrian bean caper, ↑Zygophyllum fabago • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Zygophyllum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bean caper — a small tree, Zygophyllum fabago, of eastern Mediterranean regions, having flower buds that are used as a substitute for capers. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • bean-caper family — noun small trees, shrubs, and herbs of warm arid and saline regions; often resinous; some poisonous: genera Zygophyllum, Tribulus, Guaiacum, Larrea • Syn: ↑Zygophyllaceae, ↑family Zygophyllaceae • Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot family …   Useful english dictionary

  • Syrian bean caper — noun perennial shrub of the eastern Mediterranean region and southwestern Asia having flowers whose buds are used as capers • Syn: ↑bean caper, ↑Zygophyllum fabago • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Zygophyllum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Caper — Ca per, n. [F. c[^a]pre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. & Per. al kabar.] 1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper ({Capparis spinosa}), much used for pickles. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caper bush — Caper Ca per, n. [F. c[^a]pre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. & Per. al kabar.] 1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper ({Capparis spinosa}), much used for pickles. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caper sauce — Caper Ca per, n. [F. c[^a]pre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. & Per. al kabar.] 1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper ({Capparis spinosa}), much used for pickles. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caper tree — Caper Ca per, n. [F. c[^a]pre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. & Per. al kabar.] 1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper ({Capparis spinosa}), much used for pickles. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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