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pepperoni

[pep-uh-roh-nee] /ˌpɛp əˈroʊ ni/
noun
1.
a highly seasoned, hard sausage of beef and pork.
Origin of pepperoni
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism; < Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper plant, augmentative of pepe pepper
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pepperoni

/ˌpɛpəˈrəʊnɪ/
noun
1.
a highly seasoned dry sausage of pork and beef spiced with pepper, used esp on pizza
Word Origin
C20: from Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper
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n.

"beef and pork sausage seasoned with pepper," 1919, American English, from Italian peperone "chilli," from pepe (see pepper (n.)).

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