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pepper pot

  1. Also called Philadelphia pepper pot. a highly seasoned, thick soup made of tripe or other meat, vegetables, and sometimes dumplings.
  2. a West Indian stew of meat or fish and vegetables, flavored with cassareep.
  3. pepperbox.
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Origin of pepper pot

First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for pepper-pot

Historical Examples

  • But if you look at that pepper-pot I put on the table, you'll see a small hole.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown

    G. K. Chesterton

  • They had come out from the pepper-pot summer-houses to sun themselves.

  • Miss Parkins gasped, shivered, clutched the pepper-pot, and dropped it into her own plate.


    Laura E. Richards

  • Our pepper-pot was usually made in a gipsy-kettle, suspended from a tripod.

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • Cassareep is the basis of that favourite West Indian dish “Pepper-pot.”

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

British Dictionary definitions for pepper-pot

pepper pot

  1. a small container with perforations in the top for sprinkling pepper
  2. a Caribbean stew of meat, rice, vegetables, etc, highly seasoned with cassareep
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Word Origin and History for pepper-pot


1838, from pepper (n.) + pot (n.1).

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