Definition of piperine in US English:

piperine

(also piperin)

noun

  • Chemistry. A crystalline alkaloid obtained from pepper plants (especially black pepper and white pepper) which is used as an insecticide and to give pungency to brandy; 1-piperoylpiperidine, (OCH₂O)H₃C₆—(CH)₄—CO—NC₅H₁₀.

Origin

Early 19th century. From classical Latin piper pepper + -ine. Compare earlier piperine.

Pronunciation

piperine

/ˈpɪpəriːn/