[ awl-spahys ]

  1. the dried, unripe berries of an aromatic tropical American tree, Pimenta dioica, used whole or ground as a spice.

  2. the tree itself.

Origin of allspice

First recorded in 1615–25; all + spice

Words Nearby allspice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for allspice


/ (ˈɔːlˌspaɪs) /

  1. a tropical American myrtaceous tree, Pimenta officinalis, having small white flowers and aromatic berries

  2. 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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