grains of paradise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grains of paradise West African plant bearing pungent peppery seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grains of paradise (Bot) See Melequeta pepper, under Pepper.
    • Grains of paradise the seeds of a species of amomum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Grains of Paradise an aromatic and pungent seed imported from Guinea
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. granum, seed, akin to corn.

Usage

In literature:

AMOMUM, a genus of plants, such as the cardamom and grains of paradise, remarkable for their pungency and aromatic properties.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The seeds are pale olive brown, devoid of the fiery peppery taste of the grains of paradise.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Capsicum and grains of paradise, two highly acrid substances, are employed to give a pungent taste to weak insipid beer.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
Some of the species yield Cardamoms, others Grains of Paradise.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Grains of paradise are to some extent used illegally to give a fictitious strength to malt liquors, gin and cordials.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

Oh! then my task was a sacred thing,
How precious it grew in my eyes!
'Twas mine to gather the bruised grain
For the "Lord of Paradise."
"Renewel of Strength" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

In news:

Bombay Sapphire is made using 10 botanicals, including cubeb berries from Java and grains of paradise from West Africa.
Bombay Sapphire is made using 10 botanicals, including cubeb berries from Java and grains of paradise from West Africa.
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