[ awl-spahys ]
/ ˈɔlˌspaɪs /


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

First recorded in 1615–25; all + spice
Also called pimento. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allspice


/ (ˈɔːlˌspaɪs) /


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



spice made from the berry of the Jamaican pimento, 1620s, from all + spice (n.), "so called because supposed to combine the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves." [Weekley]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper