Definition of peppercorn in English:

peppercorn

noun

  • 1The dried berry of a climbing vine, used whole as a spice or ground to make pepper.

    • ‘The ‘green pepper’ element turned out to be the green peppercorn sauce that the three chicken fillets were served in, rather than pieces of green pepper.’
    • ‘Start the potatoes first, then make the green peppercorn sauce; keep it warm over low heat while you cook the beef.’
    • ‘When they sampled out new chèvre flavors, customers made it clear that garlic chive and peppercorn should stay and that smoked trout and jalapeño should not.’
    • ‘Add the sliced potatoes, boil thoroughly and put the browned carrot, onion, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorn, garlic and celery in the broth.’
    • ‘And talking of mills, she tells us that a proper scale model of the solar system, using a bowling ball for the sun, would represent the 8,000-mile-wide earth with a peppercorn placed 78 ft distant from the ball.’
    • ‘The bunches of unripe berries picked from this parasitical climber of betel, palm and mango trees are dried in the sun to become peppercorn, the spice that was valued above all others.’
    • ‘I use smooth Dijon or, when I can find it, green peppercorn mustard.’
    • ‘Other easy sides include fresh green onion, sliced fresh fennel, green peppercorn mustard, and extra-large caperberries.’
    • ‘Then, at a more exclusive, upmarket and therefore costly restaurant, a diner friend ordered the pepper steak, a dish noted for its lashings of peppery sauce with real peppercorns.’
    • ‘While working on the dates, I boiled down the wine with honey and spices - whole black peppercorns, allspice, clove, cinnamon, and a bay leaf, along with grated zest of orange.’
    • ‘The pic on the right is the chutney simmering away on the stove, with the spice bag (blades of mace, coriander seeds, black peppercorn, fresh ginger, cloves…) in the foreground.’
    • ‘However, the pepper sauce was more like a red wine jus and there was neither sight nor sound of a peppercorn.’
    • ‘Add whole peppercorn, hot water, salt, turmeric, and the tempered spices.’
    • ‘Yet the spices used are all familiar to us: curry leaf, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, black peppercorn, garam masala, dried chilies, ginger and garlic.’
    • ‘In a spice grinder, combine the whole black pepper, white peppercorns, and allspice.’
    • ‘‘This dish is made with a semi-soft cow's milk cheese that is over-ripened in Zweigelt red wine for two weeks,’ he continued as he served a neat wedge with peppercorn and sweet fig sauce.’
    • ‘Each egg was about the size of a peppercorn, somewhat flattened, and brown around the circumference.’
    • ‘Cloves, several sorts of peppercorn, carrots and onions perfume the raw fish, and lend it a wonderfully aromatic warmth.’
    • ‘Place a slice of marinated salmon, two coriander seeds, one cilantro leaf, and one green peppercorn in the center of a plate.’
    • ‘There is also a sort of pepper called decorticated black pepper which has had the skin of the peppercorn removed by machine and is therefore white.’
    token, symbolic, emblematic, peppercorn
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    1. 1.1peppercornsSouth African Hair growing in tight curly tufts, characteristic of the Khoikhoi and San peoples:
      ‘an old man with greying peppercorns’
      [as modifier] ‘her peppercorn hair’

Pronunciation

peppercorn

/ˈpɛpəkɔːn/