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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dried berry of the pepper vine Piper nigrum.
  • n. A small or insignificant thing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The seeds of the plant Piper nigrum. Commonly used as a spice, usually but not always ground or crushed.
  • n. A small, insignificant quantity; a nominal consideration used to satisfy the requirements for the creation of a legal contract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See in the Vocabulary.
  • n. A dried berry of the black pepper (Piper nigrum).
  • n. Anything insignificant; a particle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The berry or fruit of the pepper-plant.
  • n. Hence A small particle; an insignificant quantity; something of inconsiderable value.
  • Of trifling or inconsiderable value or consequence.
  • n. See the extract and peppercorn hair.

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

  • n. pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground


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