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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a West Indian tree (Pimenta dioica) of the myrtle family
- its berry
- the spice made from this berry: so called because its flavor seems to combine the tastes of several spices
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun In both senses also called pimento.
- A tropical American evergreen tree (Pimenta dioica) having opposite, simple leaves and small white flowers clustered in cymes.
- The dried, nearly ripe berries of this plant used as a spice, especially in baking.