British pronunciation/pˈɛpɐ/
American pronunciation/ˈpɛpɝ/
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a powder made from dried peppercorn that is added to food to make it spicy

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Pepper refers to the dried berries of the Piper nigrum vine. It is one of the most widely used spices in the world, prized for its bold and pungent flavor. Pepper comes in various forms, including black, white, green, and red peppercorns, each with its own unique flavor profile and culinary uses. Black pepper, the most common variety, has a sharp and spicy flavor with earthy undertones. It is often used to season savory dishes such as meats, soups, sauces, and vegetables. White pepper has a milder flavor compared to black pepper, with a slightly floral and less pungent taste. Green pepper is harvested before it fully ripens and has a fresh, slightly fruity flavor with a mild heat. Red pepper, also known as pink pepper, is not actually from the Piper nigrum vine but is derived from the Schinus molle trees. It has a fruity and slightly sweet flavor with a mild heat.

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a hollow fruit, typically red, green, or yellow, eaten as a vegetable either raw or cooked with other food

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Pepper, also known as bell pepper or capsicum, is a type of vegetable with a crisp texture and a mildly sweet flavor. It is typically bell-shaped, with a hollow interior and four lobes. Peppers come in various colors, including red, yellow, orange, and green, and their color usually indicates their level of ripeness. They are commonly used in cooking for their versatility and vibrant color. Peppers can be eaten raw in salads, sliced and added to sandwiches or wraps, stuffed with fillings, or cooked in stir-fries, fajitas, and other dishes. They are rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin C, as well as antioxidants and dietary fiber, making them a nutritious addition to meals.

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any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers

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climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam

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to sprinkle or cover something with small particles or grains, typically in a rapid and scattered manner

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attack and bombard with or as if with missiles

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