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peppercorn (n.)

"dried pepper berry," late Old English piporcorn, from pepper (n.) + corn (n.1). Used figuratively for "small particle, insignificant quality" by 1791.

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Definitions of peppercorn from WordNet

peppercorn (n.)
pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground;
Synonyms: pepper
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