pepperoni

or pep·er·o·ni

[ pep-uh-roh-nee ]
/ ˌpɛp əˈroʊ ni /

noun

a highly seasoned, hard sausage of beef and pork.

Origin of pepperoni

1920–25, Americanism; < Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper plant, augmentative of pepe pepper
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pepperoni

/ (ˌpɛpəˈrəʊnɪ) /

noun

a highly seasoned dry sausage of pork and beef spiced with pepper, used esp on pizza

Word Origin for pepperoni

C20: from Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper
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