From Old English piper, from Latin piper, from an Indo-Aryan source; compare Sanskrit पिप्पलि (pippali, “long pepper”). The name was given to the capsicum fruit because of its unusual spicy taste, not unlike the European spice.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɛpə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɛpɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛpə(ɹ)
- A plant of the family Piperaceae.
- (uncountable) A spice prepared from the fermented, dried, unripe berries of this plant.
- A fruit of the capsicum: red, green, yellow or white, hollow and containing seeds, and in very spicy and mild varieties.
- (baseball) A game used by baseball players to warm up where fielders standing close to a batter rapidly return the batted ball to be hit again
- Some ballparks have signs saying "No pepper games".
- (fruit of the capsicum):
Derived terms from pepper
fruit of the capsicum
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- (transitive) To add pepper to.
- (transitive) To strike with something made up of small particles.
- (transitive) To cover with lots of (something made up of small things).
- After the hailstorm, the beach was peppered with holes.
- (transitive) To add (something) at frequent intervals.
- He liked to pepper his conversation with long words.
add pepper to
strike with small particles