caper


caper
caper1
caperer, n.caperingly, adv.
/kay"peuhr/, v.i.
1. to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol.
n.
2. a playful leap or skip.
3. a prank or trick; harebrained escapade.
4. a frivolous, carefree episode or activity.
5. Slang. a criminal or illegal act, as a burglary or robbery.
6. cut a caper. See cut (def. 44a).
[1585-95; fig. use of L caper he-goat (c. OE haefer, ON hafr, OIr caera sheep < a West IE term *kap-(e)ro- for a domesticated smaller animal); for the meaning, compare DOG (v.)]
Syn. 3. stunt, antic, shenanigans. 4. spree, frolic.
caper2
/kay"peuhr/, n.
1. a spiny shrub, Capparis spinosa, of Mediterranean regions, having roundish leaves and solitary white flowers.
2. its flower bud, which is pickled and used for garnish or seasoning. Cf. caper family.
[1350-1400; back formation from capers (taken for pl.), ME caperes < L capparis < Gk kápparis]

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Any of the low prickly shrubs that make up the genus Capparis (family Capparaceae), of the Mediterranean region.

The European caperbush (C. spinosa) is known for its flower buds, which are pickled in vinegar and used as a spicy condiment. The term caper also refers to one of the pickled flower buds or young berries. Buds of C. decidua are eaten as potherbs, and curries are prepared from seeds and fruits of C. zeylandica.

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      Any of the low prickly shrubs that make up the genus Capparis (family Capparaceae), of the Mediterranean region. The European caperbush (C. spinosa) is known for its flower buds, which are pickled in vinegar and used as a spicy condiment. The term caper also refers to one of the pickled flower buds or young berries. Buds of C. decidua are eaten as potherbs, and curries (curry) are prepared from seeds and fruits of C. zeylandica.

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