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allspice

[awl-spahys] /ˈɔlˌspaɪs/
noun
1.
the dried, unripe berries of an aromatic tropical American tree, Pimenta dioica, used whole or ground as a spice.
2.
the tree itself.
Also called pimento.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; all + spice
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Examples for allspice
  • Combine the nutmeg, allspice, and thyme in a small bowl.
  • Heat the mixture over moderate heat until it is hot and discard the allspice, the cloves, and the cinnamon.
  • Beat the egg yolk until it is pale and light and add the maple sugar, allspice, and the golden rum.
  • Blend graham crackers, peanuts, and allspice in a food processor until nuts are coarsely ground.
  • Cinnamon, clove, and allspice aromas give way to green apples.
  • To this should be added a teaspoon of allspice and a cup of pumpkin seeds that have been roasted, shelled, and chopped.
  • Or add a little allspice, or a whole cinnamon stick.
  • One is a deep bronze-colored mulled cider sorbet with hints of cinnamon, allspice and clove.
  • Spices grown are nutmeg, cloves, allspice and bay leaves.
  • The seasoning shall possess a strong allspice flavor with hints of sweet red pepper and onion.
British Dictionary definitions for allspice

allspice

/ˈɔːlˌspaɪs/
noun
1.
a tropical American myrtaceous tree, Pimenta officinalis, having small white flowers and aromatic berries
2.
the whole or powdered seeds of this berry used as a spice, having a flavour said to resemble a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg
Also called pimento, Jamaica pepper
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Word Origin and History for allspice
n.

spice made from the berry of the Jamaican pimento, 1620s, from all + spice (n.), "so called because supposed to combine the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves." [Weekley]

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