Definitions

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

  • n. See sour gum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nyssa sylvatica, a medium-sized deciduous tree of North America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A North American tree (Nyssa multiflora) with very tough wood, handsome oval polished leaves, and very acid berries, -- the sour gum, or common tupelo. See tupelo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See piperidge.
  • n. The black-gum, sour-gum, or tupelo. See black-gum and Nyssa. Also piperidge.

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

  • n. columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fall

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The pepperidge is almost purple, and some of the ashes approach the same shade during certain seasons.

    Rural Hours

  • I'm still occasionally breaking out in hives after eating (in the late evening, mostly), but have lost many of the other symptoms and am feeling much better (just grumpy: no Entemann's crumb donuts, no pepperidge farm oatmeal raisin cookies, no bagels, no etc.)

    Breakfast in Bed

  • We do onions celeray, pecans (or chestnuts), cranberries, pepperidge farm stuffing cubes, and chicken stock. some seasonings.

    Stuffing vs dressing, and regional preferences | Baking Bites

  • Oh yes, I went through my phases too, of comfort-and-convenience foods - there was a peanut butter sandwich phase, then a poha phase, which ended prematurely when the mega-packet of rice flakes ran out and I refused to make a trip to Queens to buy another ... followed by a bread-pizza phase (pepperidge farm sliced bread, topped with pasta sauce and sprinkled with pre-shredded cheese) ...

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Recuperating at this point seems to involve eating tiny amounts of pepperidge farm butterfly crackers and reading Tamora Pierce novels.

    readersguide Diary Entry

  • He was out there a long time, absorbing the sights, sounds, smells of the earth, pepperidge trees, terns and water, until his fingertips were blue and he felt a pain in his sewn-up leg.

    Black Blade

  • Wolf hunkered down beneath a pepperidge tree, stared sightlessly at the grey water.

    Black Blade

  • The brilliant autumnal tints of the sassafras, pepperidge, blue beech, viburnum, juneberry and sumach are strikingly attractive.

    Studies of Trees

  • When the cherries are gone, they visit the sassafras and pepperidge trees, and the woodbine tangles.

    Friends and Helpers

  • Peltandra undulata.pennisetum. pennyroyal.pentstemon. peony.peppermint. pepperidge. pepper, red. perennials, cultivation of.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

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