One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small fleshy-leaved tropical plant of the pepper family. Many are grown as houseplants, chiefly for their decorative foliage.
- ‘Currently, there are over 100 species of Peperomia cultivated in the United States, although many are in the hands of collectors.’
- ‘Some of my favorite windowsill plants include many varieties of trailing ivy, African violets, primroses, pansies and violets, geraniums, gloxinias, cyclamens, coleus, kalonchoes, peperomias, and heartleaf philodendrons.’
- ‘There are many species of peperomia but all are grown for their decorative leaves.’
Modern Latin, from Greek peperi.
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