Black Pepper Definition

A pungent spice prepared from the pepper plant Piper nigrum, whose small unripe fruit are fermented, dried, and used whole or ground.
American Heritage
Pepper ground from the whole fruits of the pepper plant, including the black outer covering.
Webster's New World
The plant Piper nigrum.

The seeds (peppercorns) of the plant Piper nigrum which are commonly used as a spice and seasoning. They are either used whole, or in a ground or crushed form.


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