- the berry of the pepper plant, Piper nigrum, dried and used as a condiment, in pickling, etc.
- anything very small or insignificant.
- (of hair) growing in tight spirals.
Origin of peppercorn
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Examples from the Web for peppercorn
They paid only a peppercorn rent of £70 a month (including utilities), until a 2002 review of grace-and-favour homes.Princess Michael Says Austerity Means No Restaurants Anymore (Just Catered Dinners At Home)
December 9, 2013
The Earl watched him go regretfully, for after all he had the horseshoe and peppercorn.The Burglars' Club
Henry A. Hering
Peppercorn, the keeper, had a much readier way of settling their business.Ask Momma
R. S. Surtees
Peppercorn said to her, ‘I am your brother who was born after you left home, and my name is Peppercorn!’
Peppercorn went to live in the house of an old woman in the city.
When a very intense heat is required, the substance operated on should not exceed the size of half a peppercorn.
- the small dried berry of the pepper plant (Piper nigrum)
- something trifling
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Word Origin and History for peppercorn
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