noun Date: 1621 1. the berry of a West Indian tree (Pimenta dioica) of the myrtle family; also the allspice tree 2. a mildly pungent and aromatic spice prepared from dried allspice berries

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  • Allspice — Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked) …   Wikipedia

  • Allspice — All spice , n. The berry of the pimento ({Eugenia pimenta}), a tree of the West Indies; a spice of a mildly pungent taste, and agreeably aromatic; Jamaica pepper; pimento. It has been supposed to combine the flavor of cinnamon, nutmegs, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Allspice — (spr. Ahlspeis), so v.w. Nelkenpfeffer …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Allspice — (engl., spr. aolspaiß), in Amerika soviel wie Piment, Nelkenpfeffer; s. Pimenta …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • allspice — (n.) spice made from the berry of the Jamaican pimento, 1620s, from ALL (Cf. all) + SPICE (Cf. spice) (n.), so called because supposed to combine the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. [Weekley] …   Etymology dictionary

  • allspice — ► NOUN ▪ the dried aromatic fruit of a Caribbean tree, used as a culinary spice …   English terms dictionary

  • allspice — [ôl′spīs΄] n. 1. a West Indian tree (Pimenta dioica) of the myrtle family 2. its berry 3. the spice made from this berry: so called because its flavor seems to combine the tastes of several spices …   English World dictionary

  • allspice — /awl spuys /, n. 1. the dried, unripe berries of an aromatic tropical American tree, Pimenta dioica, used whole or ground as a spice. 2. the tree itself. Also called pimento. [1615 25; ALL + SPICE] * * * Tropical evergreen tree (Pimenta dioica)… …   Universalium

  • allspice — all·spice ȯl .spīs n the berry of a West Indian tree of the genus Pimenta (P. dioica) of the myrtle family also the allspice tree …   Medical dictionary

  • allspice — [[t]ɔ͟ːlspaɪs[/t]] N UNCOUNT Allspice is a powder used as a spice in cooking, which is made from the berries of a tropical American tree. Syn: pimento …   English dictionary

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