Guinea pepper
Guinea Guin"ea (g[i^]n"[-e]), n. 1. A district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named. [1913 Webster]

2. A gold coin of England current for twenty-one shillings sterling, or about five dollars, but not coined since the issue of sovereigns in 1817. [1913 Webster]

The guinea, so called from the Guinea gold out of which it was first struck, was proclaimed in 1663, and to go for twenty shillings; but it never went for less than twenty-one shillings. --Pinkerton. [1913 Webster]

{Guinea corn}. (Bot.) See {Durra}.

{Guinea Current} (Geog.), a current in the Atlantic Ocean setting southwardly into the Bay of Benin on the coast of Guinea.

{Guinea dropper} one who cheats by dropping counterfeit guineas. [Obs.] --Gay.

{Guinea fowl}, {Guinea hen} (Zo["o]l.), an African gallinaceous bird, of the genus {Numida}, allied to the pheasants. The common domesticated species ({Numida meleagris}), has a colored fleshy horn on each aide of the head, and is of a dark gray color, variegated with small white spots. The crested Guinea fowl ({Numida cristata}) is a finer species.

{Guinea grains} (Bot.), grains of Paradise, or amomum. See {Amomum}.

{Guinea grass} (Bot.), a tall strong forage grass ({Panicum jumentorum}) introduced. from Africa into the West Indies and Southern United States.

{Guinea-hen flower} (Bot.), a liliaceous flower ({Fritillaria Meleagris}) with petals spotted like the feathers of the Guinea hen.

{Guinea peach}. See under {Peach}.

{Guinea pepper} (Bot.), the pods of the {Xylopia aromatica}, a tree of the order {Anonace[ae]}, found in tropical West Africa. They are also sold under the name of {Piper [AE]thiopicum}.

{Guinea plum} (Bot.), the fruit of {Parinarium excelsum}, a large West African tree of the order {Chrysobalane[ae]}, having a scarcely edible fruit somewhat resembling a plum, which is also called {gray plum} and {rough-skin plum}.

{Guinea worm} (Zo["o]l.), a long and slender African nematoid worm ({Filaria Medinensis}) of a white color. It lives in the cellular tissue of man, beneath the skin, and produces painful sores. [1913 Webster]


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  • Guinea pepper — Pepper Pep per, n. [OE. peper, AS. pipor, L. piper, fr. Gr. ?, ?, akin to Skr. pippala, pippali.] 1. A well known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried berry, either whole or powdered, of the {Piper nigrum}. [1913 Webster] Note: Common, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Guinea pepper — is the name for several unrelated pepper like spices traded from the general region of West Africa:* Aframomum melegueta (Grains of Paradise) from the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) * Piper guineense (West African Pepper) from the pepper family… …   Wikipedia

  • Guinea pepper — n. 1. any of several African plants (genus Xylopia) of the custard apple family, esp. a tree ( X. aethiopica) with fruits used in spices and folk medicine 2. the fruit of any of these plants * * * …   Universalium

  • Guinea pepper — n. 1. any of several African plants (genus Xylopia) of the custard apple family, esp. a tree ( X. aethiopica) with fruits used in spices and folk medicine 2. the fruit of any of these plants …   English World dictionary

  • Guinea pepper — noun 1. West African plant bearing pungent peppery seeds • Syn: ↑grains of paradise, ↑Guinea grains, ↑melagueta pepper, ↑Aframomum melegueta • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant …   Useful english dictionary

  • guinea pepper — /gɪni ˈpɛpə/ (say ginee pepuh) noun pepper pods, especially of Capsicum frutescens var. longum, from which cayenne is ground …   Australian English dictionary

  • guinea pepper — noun Date: 1839 grains of paradise …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Guinea pepper. — See grains of paradise. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • Guinea pepper. — See grains of paradise. [1590 1600] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pepper — Pep per, n. [OE. peper, AS. pipor, L. piper, fr. Gr. ?, ?, akin to Skr. pippala, pippali.] 1. A well known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried berry, either whole or powdered, of the {Piper nigrum}. [1913 Webster] Note: Common, or black,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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