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all·spice / ˈôlˌspīs/ •
n. 1. the dried aromatic fruit of a West Indian tree, used whole or ground as a culinary spice. 2. a tree (Pimenta dioica) of the myrtle family from which this spice is obtained. Also called pimento. 3. an aromatic North American tree or shrub (genus Calycanthus, family Calycanthaceae).
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Dried fruits of the evergreen plant Pimenta officinalis
, also known as pimento (as distinct from pimiento
) or Jamaican pepper. The name allspice derives from the aromatic oil, which has an aroma similar to a mixture of cloves
, and nutmeg
. Used to flavour meat and in baking.
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Aromatic tree native to the West Indies
and Central America
. The fruits are used as a spice, in perfume and in medicine. Height: up to 12m (40ft). Family Myrtaceae; species Pimenta officinalis
oxford views updated May 23 2018
pimento. XVII. f. ALL
, so called because supposed to combine the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.