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See also: salt and pepper



salt-and-pepper (comparative more salt-and-pepper, superlative most salt-and-pepper)

  1. Having a color pattern resembling many small speckles of black and white.
    salt-and-pepper hair
    fabric with a salt-and-pepper pattern
    • 1952, John Steinbeck, East of Eden, New York: Viking, 1986, Part 2, Chapter 18, p. 277,[1]
      In the Chop House he ran into young Will Hamilton, looking pretty prosperous in a salt and pepper business suit.
    • 1962, Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Chapter 15, pp. 252-253,[2]
      A mild infestation gives trees and shrubbery a mottled or salt-and-pepper appearance; with a heavy mite population, foliage turns yellow and falls.
    • 1979, Bernard Malamud, Dubin’s Lives, New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, Chapter 9, p. 330,[3]
      He observed himself staring through the avocado leaves, a gray-haired old man with thick salt-and-pepper sideburns and jealous eyes.