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ca·per 1

 (kā′pər)
n.
1. A playful leap or hop.
2. A frivolous escapade or prank.
3. Slang An illegal plot or enterprise, especially one involving theft.
intr.v. ca·pered, ca·per·ing, ca·pers
To leap or frisk about; frolic.

[Alteration of capriole.]

ca·per 2

 (kā′pər)
n.
1. A usually spiny Mediterranean shrub (Capparis spinosa) having white to pale lilac flowers and dehiscent fruits with reddish pulp.
2. A pickled flower bud of this plant, used as a pungent condiment in sauces, relishes, and various other dishes.

[Middle English capar, ultimately (probably via back-formation from earlier caperis, caper bush, taken as a plural with the ending -s) from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis, of unknown origin.]

capers

(ˈkeɪpəz)
pl n
(Cookery) the flower buds of the caper plant, which are pickled and used as a condiment

capers

The buds of a Mediterranean shrub. Used pickled in sauces and garnishes.
References in classic literature ?
You will ask why did I worry myself with such antics: answer, because it was very dull to sit with one's hands folded, and so one began cutting capers. That is really it.
"The sage has left nothing in the ink-bottle," replied Samson; "he tells all and sets down everything, even to the capers that worthy Sancho cut in the blanket."
"I cut no capers in the blanket," returned Sancho; "in the air I did, and more of them than I liked."
The Bishop being shorter must perforce accompany them in their gyrations; while the whole company sat and rolled about over the ground, and roared to see my lord of Hereford's queer capers. At last he sank in a heap, fuddled with wine and quite exhausted.
The people most killed themselves laughing; and when the king got done capering and capered off behind the scenes, they roared and clapped and stormed and haw- hawed till he come back and done it over again, and after that they made him do it another time.
The young men capered along with their hands in their pockets, and sometimes tried a slide on the icy sidewalk.
I had been cutting up some caper or other --I think it was trying to crawl up the chimney, as i had seen a little sweep do a few days previous; and my stepmother who, somehow or other, was all the time whipping me, or sending me to bed supperless, --my mother dragged me by the legs out of the chimney and packed me off to bed, though it was only two o'clock in the afternoon of the 21st June, the longest day in the year in our hemisphere.
When it was full I left it propped in the fork of a tree, and a few days later, carrying the hateful old man that way, I snatched at my gourd as I passed it and had the satisfaction of a draught of excellent wine so good and refreshing that I even forgot my detestable burden, and began to sing and caper.
Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight; sometimes he would ill-treat it, especially after he had been at the whiskey, kicking it, beating it, pelting it with stones or lighted fusees.
When old Simon Bradstreet took the place of the tyrant Andros I joined in the general huzza, and capered on my wooden legs for joy.
750g watermelon 2 small shallots, very finely sliced 100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing and to serve 4 tsp white balsamic vinegar 300g halloumi, sliced Good squeeze of lemon juice For the breadcrumbs 75g slightly stale country bread, crusts removed, blitzed into coarse breadcrumbs 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 medium red chilli, halved, deseeded and chopped 21/2 tbsp capers, rinsed 50g blanched almonds, toasted and chopped Small bunch of mint, leaves picked, half of them torn
We will try to absorb as many as we can into Capers and the Copper Grill.