English - Etymology
Old English piper, from Latin piper, from an Indo-Aryan source; compare Sanskrit पिप्पलि (pippali, “long pepper”). The name was given to the capsicum fruit because of its unusual spicy taste, not unlike the European spice.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- A plant of the family Piperaceae.
- (uncountable) A spice prepared from the fermented, dried, unripe berries of this plant.
- A fruit of the capsicum: red, green, yellow or white, hollow and containing seeds, and in very spicy and mild varieties.
- (baseball) A game used by baseball players to warm up where fielders standing close to a batter rapidly return the batted ball to be hit again
- (fruit of the capsicum):
- bell pepper
- chili pepper
- green pepper
- hot pepper
- pepper spray
- red pepper
- sweet pepper
- tabasco pepper
- white pepper
English - Verb
- (transitive) To add pepper to.
- (transitive) To strike with something made up of small particles.
- (transitive) To cover with lots of (something made up of small things).
- (transitive) To add (something) at frequent intervals.