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Pepper


PEP'PER, noun [Latin piper.] A plant and its seed or grain, of the genus Piper. The stem of the plant is a vine requiring a prop, which is usually a tree. The leaves are oval and the flower white. We have three kinds of pepper the black, the white, and the long. The black pepper is the produce of Java, Sumatra, Ceylon, and other Asiatic countries; The white pepper is the black pepper decorticated; the long pepper is the fruit of a different species, also from the E. Indies. It consists of numerous grains attached to a common footstalk. pepper has a strong aromatic smell and a pungent taste.

PEP'PER, verb transitive To sprinkle with pepper

1. To beat; to pelt with shot; to mangle with blows.