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1a pungent, hot-tasting powder prepared from dried and ground peppercorns, commonly used as a spice or condiment to flavor food. a reddish and typically hot-tasting spice prepared from various forms of capsicum. See also cayenne. a capsicum, especially a sweet pepper.
2a climbing vine with berries that are dried as black or white peppercorns.
- Piper nigrum, family Piperaceae
used 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. 3 Baseball a practice game in which fielders throw at close range to a batter who hits back to the fielders.
verb [with object]
sprinkle or season (food) with pepper: (as adjective peppered)peppered beef
(usually be peppered with
) cover or fill with a liberal amount of scattered items:the script is peppered with four-letter words
hit repeatedly with small missiles or gunshot:another burst of enemy bullets peppered his defenseless body figurativehe peppered me with questions archaic inflict severe punishment or suffering upon.