Definitions

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

  • n. A crystalline solid, C17H19NO3, extracted from black pepper and used as flavoring and as an insecticide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white crystalline compound of piperidine and piperic acid. It is obtained from the black pepper (Piper nigrum) and other species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A concretion of volcanic ashes.
  • n. A crystalline alkaloid (C17H19NO3) extracted from pepper.

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

  • n. derived from pepper (especially black pepper); source of the hotness of black and white pepper

Etymologies

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

Latin piper, pepper; see pepper + -ine2.

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