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n. pl. pep·per·o·nis
1. A highly spiced pork and beef sausage.
2. A slice of this type of sausage.
[Italian peperoni, pl. of peperone, pimento, red pepper, augmentative of pepe, pepper, from Latin piper; see pepper.]
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(Cookery) a highly seasoned dry sausage of pork and beef spiced with pepper, used esp on pizza
[C20: from Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper]
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or pep•er•o•ni(ˌpɛp əˈroʊ ni)
n., pl. -nis.
a highly seasoned, hard sausage of beef and pork.
[1920–25, Amer.; < Italian peperoni, pl. of peperone cayenne pepper plant, augmentative of pepe pepper]
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