Pip-e-ra'se-e. L. Piper + aceae, Gr.
Skt. pipala, Bengalese pippul, fr. Gr.
to digest - i. e., it aids digestion. Herbs, shrubs. Distinguished by jointed stems; leaves entire; flowers perfect, without floral envelopes, spikes; ovary 3-5, somewhat united, 1-celled; ovule 1, stigma 2-4; fruit somewhat fleshy, 1-celled, 1-seeded; tropics; acrid, pungent, aromatic, stimulant (volatile oil + resin). Genus: 1. Piper.