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Line breaks: pepper|corn
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛpəkɔːn

Definition of peppercorn in English:


1The dried berry of a climbing vine, used whole as a spice or ground to make pepper.
Example sentences
  • Yet the spices used are all familiar to us: curry leaf, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, black peppercorn, garam masala, dried chilies, ginger and garlic.
  • There is also a sort of pepper called decorticated black pepper which has had the skin of the peppercorn removed by machine and is therefore white.
  • Add the sliced potatoes, boil thoroughly and put the browned carrot, onion, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorn, garlic and celery in the broth.
1.1 (peppercorns) South African Hair growing in tight curly tufts, characteristic of the Khoikhoi and San peoples: an old man with greying peppercorns [as modifier]: her peppercorn hair

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