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"pepper" in British English

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peppernoun

uk   /ˈpep.ər/  us   //
  • pepper noun (POWDER)

A2 [U] a ​grey or ​whitepowderproduced by ​crushingdrypeppercorns, used to give a ​spicy, ​hottaste to ​food: freshlygroundblack pepper salt and pepper

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  • pepper noun (VEGETABLE)

B1 (also sweet pepper, US also bell pepper) [C] a ​vegetable that is usually ​green, ​red, or ​yellow, has a ​roundedshape, and is ​hollow with ​seeds in the ​middle: a ​red/​green pepper Peppers are usually ​cooked with other ​vegetables or ​eatenraw in ​salads. Red peppers are ​ideal for ​roasting in the ​oven.
(Definition of pepper from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pepper" in American English

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peppernoun

 us   /ˈpep·ər/
  • pepper noun (SPICE)

[U] a ​black or cream-colored ​spice, often used in ​powderedform, that gives a ​spicyhottaste to ​food
  • pepper noun (VEGETABLE)

[C] a ​vegetable that is ​green, ​red, or ​yellow, having a ​roundedshape, that is ​hollow with ​seeds in the ​middle

pepperverb [T]

 us   /ˈpep·ər/
  • pepper verb [T] (ATTACK)

to ​direct something ​suddenly and ​repeatedly at someone, as if ​attacking the ​person: The ​mayor was peppered with ​questions from ​reporters about the ​municipalcorruptionscandal. To pepper is also to ​add to something in many ​places: He peppered his ​speech with ​jokes.
(Definition of pepper from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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