pepper

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English[edit]

Peppercorns (2).
Peppers (capiscum).

Etymology[edit]

Old English piper, from Latin piper, from an Indo-Aryan source; compare Sanskrit पिप्पलि (pippali, long pepper).

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pepper (countable and uncountable, plural peppers)

  1. A plant of the family Piperaceae.
  2. (uncountable) A spice prepared from the fermented, dried, unripe red berries of this plant.
  3. A fruit of the capsicum: red, green, yellow or white, hollow and containing seeds, and in very spicy and mild varieties.
  4. (baseball) A game used by baseball players to warm up where fielders standing close to a batter rapidly return the batted ball to be hit again
    Some ballparks have signs saying "No pepper games".

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pepper (third-person singular simple present peppers, present participle peppering, simple past and past participle peppered)

  1. (transitive) To add pepper to.
  2. (transitive) To strike with something made up of small particles.
  3. (transitive) To cover with lots of (something made up of small things).
    After the hailstorm, the beach was peppered with holes.
  4. (transitive) To add (something) at frequent intervals.
    He liked to pepper his conversation with long words.

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