allspice

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Allspice \All"spice'\, noun The berry of the pimento ({Eugenia pimenta}), a tree of the West Indies; a spice of a mildly pungent taste, and agreeably aromatic; Jamaica pepper; pimento. It has been supposed to combine the flavor of cinnamon, nutmegs, and cloves; and hence the name. The name is also given to other aromatic shrubs; as, the {Carolina allspice} ({Calycanthus floridus}); {wild allspice} ({Lindera benzoin}), called also {spicebush}, {spicewood}, and {feverbush}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

allspice

noun

1: aromatic West Indian tree that produces allspice berries [syn: {allspice}, {allspice tree}, {pimento tree}, {Pimenta dioica}]

2: deciduous shrubs having aromatic bark; eastern China; southwestern and eastern United States

3: ground dried berrylike fruit of a West Indian allspice tree; suggesting combined flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves


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