Definition of allspice in English:


Syllabification: all·spice
Pronunciation: /ˈôlˌspīs


  • 1The dried aromatic fruit of a West Indian tree, used whole or ground as a culinary spice.
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    • While working on the dates, I boiled down the wine with honey and spices - whole black peppercorns, allspice, clove, cinnamon, and a bay leaf, along with grated zest of orange.
    • For the curry oil, in a medium bowl, mix together the cinnamon turmeric, cardamom, cayenne pepper, allspice, white pepper, and cloves.
    • Spices - cumin, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves - are used sparingly but more prominently in the south of the Aegean, where Arab influence has left its mark, particularly in Crete and the Dodecanese.
  • 2A tree of the myrtle family from which allspice is obtained. Also called pimento.
    • Pimenta dioica, family Myrtaceae
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    • The spicy tea made from the bay leaf (a member of the allspice family) is not only soothing, but can also help fight off the beginnings of a cold or the flu.
    • The allspice tree is not related to the pepper or to capsicum plants.
    • Pimenta racemose is of the same family as allspice and has a similar scent and taste.
  • 3An aromatic North American tree or shrub.
    • Genus Calycanthus, family Calycanthaceae: several species, in particular Carolina allspice (C. floridus) and smooth allspice (C. fertilis)
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    • Smaller trees and shrubs include red maple, Carolina allspice, and the fragrant spicebush.
    • Purchase Carolina allspice when it's in flower because the quality of the fragrance varies from plant to plant.
    • Many, but not all Carolina allspice have a complex fruity, spicy smell.

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