A dried berry of the pepper vine Piper nigrum.(noun)
A small or insignificant thing.(noun)
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Use "peppercorn" in a sentence
"And she tells us a bit about the history of pepper, and where the expression "peppercorn rent" comes from."
"WE've even pink saltlakes that occur naturally!!! then there's a species similar to pepper with a pink 'peppercorn'!!!!!"
"Wiki goes on to say that botanically, all chillies and peppers are basically chillies, and that pepper properly refers to our black "peppercorn" pepper."