pepper
I. noun Etymology: Middle English peper, from Old English pipor, from Latin piper, from Greek peperi Date: before 12th century 1. a. either of two pungent products from the fruit of an Indian plant (Piper nigrum) that are used chiefly as condiments: (1) black pepper (2) white pepper b. any of several products similar to pepper that are obtained from plants of the same genus <
cubeb pepper
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c. any of various pungent condiments of plants unrelated to the pepper <
Szechuan pepper
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2. any of a genus (Piper of the family Piperaceae, the pepper family) of tropical mostly jointed climbing shrubs with aromatic leaves; especially a woody vine (P. nigrum) with spicate flowers that is widely cultivated in the tropics for its red berries from which black pepper and white pepper are prepared 3. a. capsicum 1a; especially a New World capsicum (Capsicum annuum) whose fruits are hot peppers or sweet peppers b. the hollow fruit of a pepper that is usually red or yellow when ripe • pepper adjective II. transitive verb (peppered; peppering) Date: circa 1500 1. to hit with or as if with rapid repeated blows 2. a. to sprinkle or season with pepper b. to shower with or as if with shot or other missiles 3. to sprinkle or cover as if with pepper <
peppered the report with statistics
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<
a face peppered with freckles
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pepperer noun III. noun Etymology: probably from 2pep + 2-er Date: 1943 a baseball practice or warm-up game in which usually several fielders toss the ball a short distance to a single batter who hits it back

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  • Pepper — may refer to:PlantsThe genus Piper of the pepper family (Piperaceae), including for example: *Black pepper, white and green pepper, Piper nigrum * Cubeb, Piper cubeba , also known as Java pepper * Long pepper, Piper longum The genus Capsicum of… …   Wikipedia

  • 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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  • PEPPER — (Heb. פִּלְפֵּל, pilpel), the fruit of the perennial creeping plant Piper nigrum, which grows in India and in the neighboring tropical regions. The Hebrew name, like its English one, is derived from the Sanskrit pippali. Probably it was first… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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  • pepper — [pep′ər] n. [ME peper < OE pipor < WGmc borrowing < L piper < Gr peperi, via Pers < Sans pippali, peppercorn] 1. a) a pungent condiment obtained from the small, dried fruits of an East Indian vine (Piper nigrum) of the pepper… …   English World dictionary

  • pepper — O.E. pipor, from an early W.Gmc. borrowing of L. piper, from Gk. piperi, probably (via Persian) from Middle Indic pippari, from Skt. pippali long pepper. The L. word is the source of Ger. Pfeffer, It. pepe, Fr. poivre, O.C.S. pipru, Lith. pipiras …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Pepper — Pep per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Peppered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peppering}.] 1. To sprinkle or season with pepper. [1913 Webster] 2. Figuratively: To shower shot or other missiles, or blows, upon; to pelt; to fill with shot, or cover with bruises or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pepper — ► NOUN 1) a pungent, hot tasting powder made from peppercorns, used to flavour food. 2) a capsicum. ► VERB 1) sprinkle or season with pepper. 2) (usu. be peppered with) scatter liberally over or through. 3) hit repeatedly with small missiles or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Pepper — Pep per, v. i. To fire numerous shots (at). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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