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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The small, dark, unripe fruit of the pepper plant (Piper nigrum), used whole or ground as a pungent spice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The plant Piper nigrum.
  • n. The seeds (peppercorns) of the plant Piper nigrum which are commonly used as a spice and seasoning. They are either used whole, or in a ground or crushed form. (White pepper is made from black peppercorns which have had their dark skins removed.)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pepper that is ground from whole peppercorns with husks on
  • n. climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam

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