from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An evergreen tree (Pimenta dioica) native to the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America, having opposite, simple leaves and white flowers clustered in cymes.
  • noun The dried, nearly ripe berries of this plant, used as a spice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The fruit of Eugenia Pimenta, a tree of the West Indies. See pimento.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The berry of the pimento (Eugenia pimenta), a tree of the West Indies; a spice of a mildly pungent taste, and agreeably aromatic; Jamaica pepper; pimento. It has been supposed to combine the flavor of cinnamon, nutmegs, and cloves; and hence the name. The name is also given to other aromatic shrubs; as, the Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus); wild allspice (Lindera benzoin), called also spicebush, spicewood, and feverbush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A spice; the dried and ground unripe fruit of Pimenta dioica, thought to combine the flavours of several spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  • noun countable An evergreen tree of tropical America with aromatic berries.

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

  • noun deciduous shrubs having aromatic bark; eastern China; southwestern and eastern United States
  • noun ground dried berrylike fruit of a West Indian allspice tree; suggesting combined flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves
  • noun aromatic West Indian tree that produces allspice berries


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  • I knoticed you mentioned the use of allspice, which is very different from mixed spice.

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  • "The Egyptians were not alone in sending their dead to an aromatic grave. Although customs varied from one time and place to another, spices, resins, flowers, and aromatics were used by all the major cultures of antiquity, whether the body was mummified, buried, or incinerated.*

    " * The Mayans used allspice in embalming."

    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 148

    December 2, 2016