Definition of Pepper

1. Noun. Climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam.

Exact synonyms: Black Pepper, Common Pepper, Madagascar Pepper, Piper Nigrum, White Pepper
Terms within: Peppercorn
Group relationships: Genus Piper, Piper
Generic synonyms: Pepper Vine, True Pepper
Terms within: Piperin, Piperine

2. Verb. Add pepper to. "Pepper the soup"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Spice, Spice Up, Zest

3. Noun. Any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers.

4. Verb. Attack and bombard with or as if with missiles. "Pelt the speaker with questions"
Exact synonyms: Pelt
Generic synonyms: Assail, Attack
Entails: Throw
Derivative terms: Pelter

5. Noun. Pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground.
Exact synonyms: Peppercorn
Generic synonyms: Flavorer, Flavoring, Flavourer, Flavouring, Seasoner, Seasoning
Specialized synonyms: Black Pepper, White Pepper
Group relationships: Black Pepper, Common Pepper, Madagascar Pepper, Piper Nigrum, White Pepper
Derivative terms: Peppery

6. Noun. Sweet and hot varieties of fruits of plants of the genus Capsicum.
Generic synonyms: Solanaceous Vegetable
Specialized synonyms: Sweet Pepper, Hot Pepper
Group relationships: Capsicum, Capsicum Pepper Plant

Definition of Pepper

1. n. A well-known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried berry, either whole or powdered, of the Piper nigrum.

2. v. t. To sprinkle or season with pepper.

3. v. i. To fire numerous shots (at).

Definition of Pepper

1. Noun. A plant of the family ''Piperaceae''. ¹

2. Noun. A spice prepared from the fermented, dried, unripe red berries of this plant. ¹

3. Noun. A fruit of the capsicum: red, green, yellow or white, hollow and containing seeds, and in very spicy and mild varieties. ¹

4. Noun. (baseball) A game used by baseball players to warm up where fielders standing close to a batter rapidly return the batted ball to be hit again ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To add pepper to. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To strike with something made up of small particles. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To be covered with lots of (something made up of small things). ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To add (something) at frequent intervals. ¹

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Definition of Pepper

1. to season with pepper (a pungent condiment) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pepper

1. 1. A well-known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried berry, either whole or powdered, of the Piper nigrum. Common, or black, pepper is made from the whole berry, dried just before maturity; white pepper is made from the ripe berry after the outer skin has been removed by maceration and friction. It has less of the peculiar properties of the plant than the black pepper. Pepper is used in medicine as a carminative stimulant. 2. 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, and its fruit; red pepper; as, the bell pepper. The term pepper has been extended to various other fruits and plants, more or less closely resembling the true pepper, especially. To the common varieties of Capsicum. See Capsicum, and the Phrases, below. African pepper, the Guinea pepper. See Guinea. Cayenne pepper. See Cayenne. Chinese pepper, the spicy berries of the Xanthoxylum piperitum, a species of prickly ash found in China and Japan. Guinea pepper. See Guinea, and Capsicum. Jamaica pepper. See Allspice. Long pepper. The spike of berries of Piper longum, an East Indian shrub. The root of Piper, or Macropiper, methysticum. See Kava. Malaguetta, or Meleguetta, 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, an aromatic tree (Drimys axillaris) of the Magnolia family, common in New Zealand. See Peruvian mastic tree, under Mastic. Origin: OE. Peper, AS. Pipor, L. Piper, fr. Gr, akin to Skr. Pippala, pippali. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pepper

pepper (current term)
pepper Jack
pepper and salt fundus
pepper box
pepper bush
pepper dulse
pepper dulses
pepper family
pepper grinder
pepper mill
pepper mills
pepper pot

Literary usage of Pepper

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1900)
"How would you like a pie not only sweetened and spiced but made hot with a sprinkling of pepper? or a cake full of fruit and also strongly peppered? ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"The sole defense of Shepherd amounts to this, that by the uncertainty and delay of the law, and by mistakes in the legal proceedings, pepper has lost all ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The pepper from plants raised from cuttings is said to be superior in quantity and quality, and this method is in consequence most frequently adopted. ..."

4. The Analyst (1887)
"And it is difficult, if not impossible, to clean long pepper before grinding, ... The ground long pepper contains not only sand, but more woody fibre than ..."

5. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1811)
"... had a good pepper factory there, but it being a part of the King of Bantam's dominions, that factory was loft when the Dutch compelled the ..."

6. Bulletin by North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (Fargo) (1899)
"Cayenne pepper is added to give pungency to the adulterated pepper. Ground cocoanut shells, pepper shells, wheat products, buckwheat hulls, mustard shells, ..."

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