noun. pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground.
1. Noun, singular or mass Crack whole spices after toasting and tie them in cheesecloth with twine to make retrieving them easier; nothing throws off the taste of a dish like biting into a whole peppercorn does. 2. Adjective Drain the peppercorn stalks on a plate lined with paper towels, and let them air dry.