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ca·per1 / ˈkāpər/ • v. [intr.] skip or dance about in a lively or playful way: children were capering about the room. • n. 1. a playful skipping movement: she did a little caper. 2. inf. an activity or escapade, typically one that is illicit or ridiculous. ∎  an amusing or far-fetched story, esp. one presented on film or stage: a cop caper about intergalactic drug dealers. PHRASES: cut a caper make a playful, skipping movement.DERIVATIVES: ca·per·er / ˈkāpərər/ n. ca·per2 • n. 1. (usu. capers) the cooked and pickled flower buds of a spiny southern European shrub, used to flavor food. 2. the shrub (Capparis spinosa, family Capparidaceae) from which these buds are taken.

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caper, common name for members of the Capparidaceae, a family of tropical plants found chiefly in the Old World and closely related to the family Cruciferae (mustard family). Capparis spinosa is cultivated in the Mediterranean area for its flower buds—capers—which are pickled and used as a condiment. The spiderflower (Cleome spinosa) is a common garden annual. The family also includes a few species indigenous to the United States, e.g., the burro-fat (Isomeris), a common desert shrub of the Southwest. The caper family is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Capparales.

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caper 1 the shrub Capperis spinosa XIV; its flower-buds XV. ME. capres — F. câpres — L. capparis — Gr. kápparis. The final s, being apprehended as a pl. sign, was dropped to form a new sing. (XVI).

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caper Unopened flower buds of the subtropical shrub Capparis spinosa or C. inermis with a peppery flavour; used in pickles and sauces. Unripe seeds of the nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) can be pickled and used as a substitute.

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caper. A flower bud of Capparis spinosa. See also CAPPARIS and CAPPARIDACEAE.

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caper 2 frisky leap. XVI. Shortening of CAPRIOLE.
Also as vb. XVI.

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Caper

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caperclapper, crapper, dapper, flapper, grappa, kappa, knapper, mapper, nappa, napper, rapper, sapper, scrapper, snapper, strapper, tapper, trapper, wrapper, yapper, Zappa •catalpa, scalper •camper, damper, hamper, pamper, scamper, stamper, Tampa, tamper, tramper •Caspar, jasper •handicapper • kidnapper •whippersnapper •carper, harper, scarper, sharper •clasper, gasper, grasper, rasper •leper, pepper, salt-and-pepper •helper, yelper •temper •Vespa, vesper •Culpeper • sidestepper •caper, draper, escaper, gaper, paper, raper, scraper, shaper, taper, vapour (US vapor) •sandpaper • endpaper • flypaper •wallpaper • notepaper • newspaper •skyscraper •Arequipa, beeper, bleeper, creeper, Dnieper, keeper, leaper, peeper, reaper, sleeper, sweeper, weeper •gamekeeper • gatekeeper •greenkeeper (US greenskeeper) •peacekeeper • innkeeper •wicketkeeper • timekeeper •shopkeeper • storekeeper •housekeeper • goalkeeper •zookeeper • bookkeeper • treecreeper •minesweeper

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