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  1. a small box with perforations in the top, for sprinkling pepper.
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Origin of pepperbox

First recorded in 1540–50; pepper + box1
Also called pepper pot.
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Examples from the Web for pepperbox

Historical Examples of pepperbox

  • For want of a better term, it has been called a Fountain, though amongst the country folk it goes by the name of the 'Pepperbox.'

    Nooks and Corners of Shropshire

    H. Thornhill Timmins

  • Out of his coat pocket hung the curved butt of a pepperbox revolver.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • I'd lent my pepperbox to Mose when he went to 'Frisco, an' the old man's too little fur a man uv my size to hit.

  • Keep away from me, or I'll fill ye fuller o' holes than a pepperbox!