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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