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Piper (family Piperaceae) A genus of herbs, slender climbers, shrubs, and small trees in which the twigs have swollen nodes, the leaves have stipules, commonly tri-nerved, and the flowers are held in spikes, are hermaphrodite, and have no sepals or petals. The fruit is a berry. Pepper is the fruit of P. nigrum; the fruit is gathered early, and dried to give black peppercorns, or, if the outside is removed, white pepper. The betle pepper is P. betle. P. methysticum is kava, a narcotic which, when pulped and fermented in water, gives the national Polynesian sedative drink. There are more than 1000 species, with a pantropical distribution.

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pip·er / ˈpīpər/ • n. 1. a bagpipe player. 2. a person who plays a pipe, esp. an itinerant musician. PHRASES: pay the piper bear the consequences of an action or activity that one has enjoyed: we will have to pay the piper, and the price is apt to be a high one.

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