• WordNet 3.6
    • n pimento fully ripened sweet red pepper; usually cooked
    • n pimento plant bearing large mild thick-walled usually bell-shaped fruits; the principal salad peppers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pimento (Bot) Allspice; -- applied both to the tree and its fruit. See Allspice.
    • Pimento same as pimiento.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pimento Allspice, the berry of Pimenta officinalis (Eugenia Pimenta), a tree, native of the West Indies, but cultivated almost exclusively in Jamaica, whence called Jamaica pepper. The unripe berries, which are of about the size of a pea, are dried in the sun. The shell incloses two seeds, which are roundish and dark-brown, and have a weak aromatic taste and smell, thought to resemble a mixture of those of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, whence the name allspice. Pimento is a warm, aromatic stimulant, used chiefly as an adjuvant to tonics and purgatives. Both the fruit and the leaves yield an essential oil closely resembling oil of cloves and often substituted for it. The name pimento is sometimes used to include P. acris.
    • n pimento The tree yielding this spice, a beautiful much-branching evergreen, 30 feet in height.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pimento of species of Eugenia (Myrtaceæ)
    • n Pimento pi-men′to allspice or Jamaica pepper: the tree producing it
    • Pimento Also Pimen′ta
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. pimiento, pimienta,; cf. Pg. pimenta, F. piment,; all fr. L. pigmentum, a paint, pigment, the juice of plants; hence, something spicy and aromatic. See Pigment


In literature:

Sprinkle pimento (allspice) berries among the clothes.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Add fat, corn, salt, paprika and pimento.
"Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)" by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
A strip of pimento here.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
Deviled onions sliced with pimentos.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Several times we had inquired of Antonio whether we were approaching the farm of Senhor Pimento, where our family were living.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
But in 1838, the pimento export was 2,708,640 pounds; in 1858, 9,465,261 pounds.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863" by Various
When it was likely to fail, he managed to strike a light by rubbing two pieces of pimento wood together.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Make pretty hot with cayenne, and also add a little pimento.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Add finely chopped olives, two lettuce leaves, finely cut, and a small piece of canned pimento, to give color.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
Lay more pimento strips upon it.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams

In poetry:

'Or frae the mist-cap'd mountain blue
Inhal'd the spicy gales that flew
Rich frae Pimento's groves that grew
In deep'ning green
Crown'd wi' their flowers o' milk white hue
In dazzling sheen!
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Pair tomato soup with pimento cheese sandwich.
Try telling someone you wrote your master's thesis on pimento cheese.
Then try telling them pimento cheese is parading around as the nation's new It Girl.
Can't get enough pimento cheese.
Cream cheese 1 c. Grated Monterey Jack cheese 1 c. Grated sharp Cheddar cheese Black pepper to taste 1/2 c. Mayonnaise 2-3 T. Mashed pimentos 1 T.
Grilled Filet of Beef Topped with Housemade Pimento Cheese ($30).
Pimento Cheese Crouton Topped with Crawfish Salad.
Pimento cheese remains a Southern staple, and for good reason.
The Masters has best pimento cheese sandwich ever.
View full size The Deep South Burger, with its topping of homemade pimento cheese.
Actually, pickle and pimento loaf was her favorite.
The Tailgate Bundle 12 slider patties, 12 buns , romaine lettuce, pimento cheese, 6 pack of soda, and a quart of Adobo chili.
But it's killer with that pimento cheese.
Cheeses raw, pimento and paired.
Pair tomato soup with pimento cheese sandwich.