pimento

[pi-men-toh]
noun, plural pimentos.
3.
Also called Chinese vermilion, Harrison red, signal red. a vivid red color.

Origin:
1665–75; alteration of Spanish pimiento pepper plant, masculine derivative of pimienta pepper fruit < Late Latin pigmenta spiced drink, spice, pepper, plural (taken as singular) of Latin pigmentum pigment

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pimento (pɪˈmɛntəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
allspice another name for pimiento
 
[C17: from Spanish pimiento pepper plant, from Medieval Latin pigmenta spiced drink, from Latin pigmentumpigment]

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pimento
1690, from Sp. pimiento "green or red pepper," also pimienta "black pepper," from L.L. pigmenta, pl. of pigmentum "vegetable juice," from L. pigmentum "pigment," from stem of pingere "to paint" (see paint). So called because it added a dash of color to food or drink.
"[I]n med.L. spiced drink, hence spice, pepper (generally), Sp. pimiento, Fr. piment are applied to Cayenne or Guinea pepper, capsicum; in Eng. the name has passed to allspice or Jamaica pepper. [OED]
The piece of red sweet pepper stuffed in a pitted olive so called from 1918, earlier pimiento (1901), from Sp.
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Example sentences
Inside, dangling from a key ring, was a green clay olive stuffed with a pimento-red ribbon.
We also make several unique flavors of pimento cheese.
Add drained and measured pimento and mushrooms, parsley, chopped onion and green peppers.
It is also delicious grilled so the pimento cheese melts a little.
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