- 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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- the small dried berry of the pepper plant (Piper nigrum)
- something trifling
Word Origin and History for peppercorny
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper