- the dried, unripe berries of an aromatic tropical American tree, Pimenta dioica, used whole or ground as a spice.
- the tree itself.
Origin of allspice
Also called pimento.
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Examples from the Web for allspice
Reduce to a simmer and add the cinnamon stick, allspice and nutmeg.Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Plus Swiss Chard
The Daily Beast
November 25, 2008
Steep a quarter of a pound of rice in a pint of milk, with an onion, a dozen pepper corns or allspice, and a little mace.
It makes a most grateful addition in all cases where allspice is used, in gravies, or to flavour and preserve potted meats.
A few drops of either will be a grateful addition to a pint of gravy, or mulled wine, or in any case where allspice is used.
Having cleaned them nicely, rub every part well with a seasoning of white pepper and salt, mace and allspice in fine powder.
Set it in a stewpan that will just hold it, with mutton or beef gravy, half a pint of port wine, with pepper and allspice.
- a tropical American myrtaceous tree, Pimenta officinalis, having small white flowers and aromatic berries
- the whole or powdered seeds of this berry used as a spice, having a flavour said to resemble a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg
Also called: pimento, Jamaica pepper
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Word Origin and History for allspice
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