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pepper

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noun

  • 1A pungent, hot-tasting powder prepared from dried and ground peppercorns, commonly used as a spice or condiment to flavor food.

    ‘season to taste with salt and pepper’
    • ‘Whiz the onion, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth.’
    • ‘In a small bowl, combine sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, chilli powder and garlic.’
    • ‘Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, add the parsley and stir gently.’
    • ‘Transfer into the salad bowl, add in the parsley and rucola, sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper, and toss to coat.’
    • ‘Drying may bring about a desirable change in flavour, as in pepper where the pungency increases.’
    • ‘The lamb was roasted with minced spices and peppers, tender and pungent.’
    • ‘Make shallots, garlic, red chilies, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground pepper, trassi and turmeric into a paste.’
    • ‘Break the eggs into a bowl, add sea salt, pepper, parsley and paprika, and whisk.’
    • ‘Add a smear of oil, then season the steak with sea salt and ground pepper and place in the pan.’
    • ‘Drizzle with two tablespoons of oil, season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and top with the thyme.’
    • ‘Add some Maldon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and a small bowl of freshly grated Parmesan to dip into.’
    • ‘Drizzle over some oil, then season with freshly ground pepper and sea salt.’
    • ‘The meat mixture has ground beef, onion, tomato paste, peas, salt, pepper, and curry powder.’
    • ‘Add freshly ground pepper, the bay leaf, a splash of wine, and the butter.’
    • ‘Season with a little salt and freshly ground pepper if you'd like.’
    • ‘Squeeze the lime or lemon juice over the peas and lentils, grind over a little pepper and salt and serve hot.’
    • ‘Serve warm, sprinkled with a little sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to accompany chicken, steaks, lamb, or burgers.’
    • ‘Season with salt and ground pepper then put in a container with the crushed garlic and olive oil.’
    • ‘Coat the chicken with olive oil, and scatter with sea salt, pepper and oregano.’
    • ‘First prepare the mayo: place the egg yolks, mustard, 1 tsp lemon juice and plenty of salt and pepper in a food processor and process for a few seconds.’
    1. 1.1A reddish hot-tasting spice prepared from various forms of capsicum.
      • ‘Basically, Mexican rice is flavoured by three things: turmeric, peppers (especially chili peppers) and ground cayenne peppers.’
  • 2A capsicum, especially a sweet pepper.

  • 3A climbing vine with berries that are dried as black or white peppercorns.

    Piper nigrum, family Piperaceae

    1. 3.1Used in names of other plants that are related to this, have hot-tasting leaves, or have fruits used as a pungent spice, e.g., water pepper.
      ‘Other crop plants like peppers, cowpeas, clovers, legumes, and many others will be studied in the future.’
      • ‘April is a great time to plant peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, squash and heat-loving okra.’
      • ‘For example, in climates with cool summers, heat-loving plants like eggplants and peppers thrive in containers because the container and soil are warmed by the sun.’
      • ‘Jerusalem cherries and ornamental peppers are tender tropical plants.’
      • ‘The allspice tree belongs to the myrtle family, and is not related to the pepper or to capsicum plants.’
  • 4Baseball
    A practice game in which fielders throw at close range to a batter who hits back to the fielders.

    • ‘he liked to play pepper’

Pronunciation

pepper

/ˈpepər/ /ˈpɛpər/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Sprinkle or season (food) with pepper.

    • ‘I salted and peppered the beef before I browned it’
  • 2usually be peppered withCover or fill with a liberal amount of scattered items.

    • ‘the script is peppered with four-letter words’
    sprinkle, fleck, intersperse, dot, spot, bespatter, dab, bestud, stipple, pock, freckle, scatter
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    1. 2.1Hit repeatedly with small missiles or gunshot.
      • ‘his car was peppered with bullets’
      bombard, pelt, shower, rain down on, attack, assail, batter, fire a broadside at, strafe, rake, sweep, enfilade, blitz, hit
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    2. 2.2 archaic Inflict severe punishment or suffering upon.
      • ‘if he finds out my haunts he swears he'll pepper me’

Pronunciation

pepper

/ˈpepər/ /ˈpɛpər/

Origin

Old English piper, pipor, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch peper and German Pfeffer; via Latin from Greek peperi, from Sanskrit pippalī ‘berry, peppercorn’.