Definition of Peppercorn

1. Noun. Pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground.

Exact synonyms: Pepper
Generic synonyms: Flavorer, Flavoring, Flavourer, Flavouring, Seasoner, Seasoning
Specialized synonyms: Black Pepper, White Pepper
Group relationships: Black Pepper, Common Pepper, Madagascar Pepper, Pepper, Piper Nigrum, White Pepper
Derivative terms: Pepper, Peppery

Definition of Peppercorn

1. n. A dried berry of the black pepper (Piper nigrum).

Definition of Peppercorn

1. Noun. The seeds of the plant ''Piper nigrum''. Commonly used as a spice, usually but not always ground or crushed. ¹

2. Noun. A small, insignificant quantity; a nominal consideration used to satisfy the requirements for the creation of a legal contract. ¹

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Definition of Peppercorn

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Peppercorn

pepper pot
pepper pots
pepper root
pepper sauce
pepper shaker
pepper shakers
pepper shrub
pepper spray
pepper steak
pepper syndrome
pepper tree
pepper vine
peppercorn (current term)
peppercorn rent
peppered steak

Literary usage of Peppercorn

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"One day it so betided the old woman was boiling her broth, and Little peppercorn, climbing up, tumbled into the seething cauldron, and was scalded to death. ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Common Pleas: And the by Octavian Baxter Cameron Harrison, Henry Rutherfurd, Great Britain Court of Common Pleas, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber (1868)
"Ex parte peppercorn. May 3. Statute 23 & 24 Viet. c. 127, ยป. 10, prohibits an articled clerk during his term Attorney. of service from holding any office or ..."

3. Cakes and Ale by Douglas William Jerrold (1852)
"CHAPTER I. A GRAVE call from a Court of Law summoned Isaac peppercorn, Esq., ... And yet Isaac peppercorn and old Biddy, his no less tranquil housekeeper, ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the English Courts of Common Law by Great Britain Bail Court (1852)
"It appeared that peppercorn and Wood were appointed joint overseers for the year commencing April 4th, 1831 ; that the custom of the parish was, ..."

5. The World Displayed; Or, A Curious Collection of Voyages and Travels by Christopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Johnson (1760)
"They fail to Aden, where Sir Henry leaves the peppercorn, and proceeds 'with two Ships to Mocha. Three Gentlemen belonging to the peppercorn ..."

6. Key and Elphinstone's Compendium of Precedents in Conveyancing by Thomas Key, Howard Warburton Elphinstone (1899)
"peppercorn iv. PAYING, &c., durg the first yrs of the sd term the rent. ... In the case of building leases a peppercorn rent, ..."

7. Letters Received by the East India Company from Its Servants in the East by East India Company, Frederick Charles Danvers, William Foster (1901)
"472 Nathaniel Martin, Commander of the Globe, to Captain Christopher Harris, of the peppercorn. [At sea, June 20 or 21, 1617.]1 APTAIN HARRISE, Since I was ..."

8. Diseases of Field and Garden Crops by Worthington George Smith (1884)
"FOE a clear comprehension of the disease of wheat, oats, and rye, named ear-cockle, purples, or peppercorn, it is necessary that the ..."

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