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peter piper in Culture

“Peter Piper” definition

A nursery rhyme that begins with the tongue-twisting line “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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  • The platters were of peter piper's metal, and the cups were earthenware.

    Trevethlan: Volume 1 William Davy Watson
  • peter piper pecked a peck of pick of peck of pickled pepper.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • And peter piper was in dreamland; it was all too good to be true.

    Pee-wee Harris on the Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • In all his life poor peter piper had never been so happy as that day made him.

    Dorothy at Skyrie Evelyn Raymond
  • Then she flew to the log where peter piper had been teetering up and down, and what she said to him I do not know.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • "peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers," he announced, glibly.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • And where was peter piper, who had been abroad the day long, paying little attention to his family?

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • "If peter piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, where's the peck," &c.?'

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • It is not exactly the way such things are done at Court, but peter piper thought it would do— and at any rate it was great fun.

    Racketty-Packetty House Frances H. Burnett
  • Yet peter piper, who had in him the makings of a real scout, was not happy.

    Pee-wee Harris on the Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh

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