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peppercorn

[pep-er-kawrn] /ˈpɛp ərˌkɔrn/
noun
1.
the berry of the pepper plant, Piper nigrum, dried and used as a condiment, in pickling, etc.
2.
anything very small or insignificant.
adjective
3.
(of hair) growing in tight spirals.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English pepercorn; Old English piporcorn. See pepper, corn1
Related forms
peppercornish, peppercorny, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for peppercorny

peppercorn

/ˈpɛpəˌkɔːn/
noun
1.
the small dried berry of the pepper plant (Piper nigrum)
2.
something trifling
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Word Origin and History for peppercorny

peppercorn

n.

late Old English, from pepper (n.) + corn (n.1).

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