Pepper

Definition of Pepper

Pep´per   Pronunciation: pĕp´pẽr
n.1.A well-known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried berry, either whole or powdered, of the Piper nigrum.
2.(Bot.) The plant which yields pepper, an East Indian woody climber (Piper nigrum), with ovate leaves and apetalous flowers in spikes opposite the leaves. The berries are red when ripe. Also, by extension, any one of the several hundred species of the genus Piper, widely dispersed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the earth.
3.Any plant of the genus Capsicum (of the Solanaceae family, which are unrelated to Piper), and its fruit; red pepper; chili pepper; as, the bell pepper and the jalapeno pepper (both Capsicum annuum) and the habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense); . These contain varying levels of the substance capsaicin (C18H27O3N), which gives the peppers their hot taste. The habanero is about 25-50 times hotter than the jalapeno according to a scale developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912. See also Capsicum and http://www.chili-pepper-plants.com/.
African pepper
the Guinea pepper. See under Guinea.
Cayenne pepper
See under Cayenne.
Chinese pepper
the spicy berries of the Xanthoxylum piperitum, a species of prickly ash found in China and Japan.
Guinea pepper
See under Guinea, and Capsicum.
Jamaica pepper
See Allspice.
Long pepper
a - The spike of berries of Piper longum, an East Indian shrub
b - The root of Piper methysticum (syn. Macropiper methysticum) of the family Piperaceae. See Kava.
Malaguetta pepper
the aromatic seeds of the Amomum Melegueta, an African plant of the Ginger family. They are sometimes used to flavor beer, etc., under the name of grains of Paradise.
Red pepper
See Capsicum.
Sweet pepper bush
(Bot.) an American shrub (Clethra alnifolia), with racemes of fragrant white flowers; - called also white alder.
Pepper box
a small box or bottle, with a perforated lid, used for sprinkling ground pepper on food, etc.
Pepper corn
See in the Vocabulary.
Pepper elder
(Bot.) a West Indian name of several plants of the Pepper family, species of Piper and Peperomia.
Pepper moth
(Zool.) a European moth (Biston betularia) having white wings covered with small black specks.
Pepper pot
a mucilaginous soup or stew of vegetables and cassareep, much esteemed in the West Indies.
Pepper root
(Bot.) See Coralwort.
pepper sauce
a condiment for the table, made of small red peppers steeped in vinegar.
Pepper tree
(Bot.) an aromatic tree (Drimys axillaris) of the Magnolia family, common in New Zealand. See Peruvian mastic tree, under Mastic.
v. t.1.To sprinkle or season with pepper.
[imp. & p. p. Peppered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Peppering.]
2.Figuratively: To shower shot or other missiles, or blows, upon; to pelt; to fill with shot, or cover with bruises or wounds; as, to pepper him with buckshot.
v. i.1.To fire numerous shots (at).

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