black pepper

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A 19th-century watercolour of a black pepper plant (Piper nigrum), from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, National Museum of Singapore
Peppercorns of black pepper


black pepper ‎(uncountable)

  1. The plant Piper nigrum.
  2. The dried, unripe berries (peppercorns) of the Piper nigrum plant which are commonly used as a spice and seasoning. They are either used whole, or in a ground or crushed form.

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