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 for Grains of paradise
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grain \Grain\ (gr[=a]n), n. [F. grain, L. granum, grain, seed,
     small kernel, small particle. See Corn, and cf. Garner,
     n., Garnet, Gram the chick-pea, Granule, Kernel.]
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     1. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those
        plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
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     2. The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food
        of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants
        themselves; -- used collectively.
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              Storehouses crammed with grain.       --Shak.
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     3. Any small, hard particle, as of sand, sugar, salt, etc.;
        hence, any minute portion or particle; as, a grain of
        gunpowder, of pollen, of starch, of sense, of wit, etc.
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              I . . . with a grain of manhood well resolved.
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     4. The unit of the English system of weights; -- so called
        because considered equal to the average of grains taken
        from the middle of the ears of wheat. 7,000 grains
        constitute the pound avoirdupois, and 5,760 grains the
        pound troy. A grain is equal to .0648 gram. See Gram.
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     5. A reddish dye made from the coccus insect, or kermes;
        hence, a red color of any tint or hue, as crimson,
        scarlet, etc.; sometimes used by the poets as equivalent
        to Tyrian purple.
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              All in a robe of darkest grain.       --Milton.
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              Doing as the dyers do, who, having first dipped
              their silks in colors of less value, then give' them
              the last tincture of crimson in grain. --Quoted by
                                                    preface to
                                                    Aids to
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     6. The composite particles of any substance; that arrangement
        of the particles of any body which determines its
        comparative roughness or hardness; texture; as, marble,
        sugar, sandstone, etc., of fine grain.
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              Hard box, and linden of a softer grain. --Dryden.
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     7. The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in
        wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
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              Knots, by the conflux of meeting sap,
              Infect the sound pine and divert his grain
              Tortive and errant from his course of growth.
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     8. The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any
        fibrous material.
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     9. The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on
        that side. --Knight.
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     10. pl. The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or
         distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff.
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     11. (Bot.) A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in
         the common dock. See Grained, a., 4.
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     12. Temper; natural disposition; inclination. [Obs.]
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               Brothers . . . not united in grain.  --Hayward.
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     13. A sort of spice, the grain of paradise. [Obs.]
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               He cheweth grain and licorice,
               To smellen sweet.                    --Chaucer.
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     Against the grain, against or across the direction of the
        fibers; hence, against one's wishes or tastes;
        unwillingly; unpleasantly; reluctantly; with difficulty.
        --Swift. --Saintsbury.
     A grain of allowance, a slight indulgence or latitude a
        small allowance.
     Grain binder, an attachment to a harvester for binding the
        grain into sheaves.
     Grain colors, dyes made from the coccus or kermes insect.
     Grain leather.
         (a) Dressed horse hides.
         (b) Goat, seal, and other skins blacked on the grain side
             for women's shoes, etc.
     Grain moth (Zool.), one of several small moths, of the
        family Tineid[ae] (as Tinea granella and Butalis
        cerealella), whose larv[ae] devour grain in storehouses.
     Grain side (Leather), the side of a skin or hide from which
        the hair has been removed; -- opposed to flesh side.
     Grains of paradise, the seeds of a species of amomum.
     grain tin, crystalline tin ore metallic tin smelted with
     Grain weevil (Zool.), a small red weevil ({Sitophilus
        granarius), which destroys stored wheat and other grain,
        by eating out the interior.
     Grain worm (Zool.), the larva of the grain moth. See grain
        moth, above.
     In grain, of a fast color; deeply seated; fixed; innate;
        genuine. "Anguish in grain." --Herbert.
     To dye in grain, to dye of a fast color by means of the
        coccus or kermes grain [see Grain, n., 5]; hence, to dye
        firmly; also, to dye in the wool, or in the raw material.
        See under Dye.
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              The red roses flush up in her cheeks . . .
              Likce crimson dyed in grain.          --Spenser.
     To go against the grain of (a person), to be repugnant to;
        to vex, irritate, mortify, or trouble.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Paradise \Par"a*dise\ (p[a^]r"[.a]*d[imac]s), n. [OE. & F.
     paradis, L. paradisus, fr. Gr. para`deisos park, paradise,
     fr. Zend pairida[=e]za an inclosure; pairi around (akin to
     Gr. peri`) + diz to throw up, pile up; cf. Skr. dih to smear,
     and E. dough. Cf. Parvis.]
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     1. The garden of Eden, in which Adam and Eve were placed
        after their creation.
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     2. The abode of sanctified souls after death.
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              To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. --Luke
                                                    xxiii. 43.
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              It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
              Singing in Paradise.                  --Longfellow.
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     3. A place of bliss; a region of supreme felicity or delight;
        hence, a state of happiness.
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              The earth
              Shall be all paradise.                --Milton.
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              Wrapt in the very paradise of some creative vision.
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     4. (Arch.) An open space within a monastery or adjoining a
        church, as the space within a cloister, the open court
        before a basilica, etc.
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     5. A churchyard or cemetery. [Obs.] --Oxf. Gloss.
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     Fool's paradise. See under Fool, and Limbo.
     Grains of paradise. (Bot.) See Melequeta pepper, under
     Paradise bird. (Zool.) Same as Bird of paradise. Among
        the most beautiful species are the superb ({Lophorina
        superba); the magnificent ({Diphyllodes magnifica}); and
        the six-shafted paradise bird ({Parotia sefilata). The
        long-billed paradise birds ({Epimachin[ae]) also include
        some highly ornamental species, as the twelve-wired
        paradise bird ({Seleucides alba), which is black, yellow,
        and white, with six long breast feathers on each side,
        ending in long, slender filaments. See Bird of paradise
        in the Vocabulary.
     Paradise fish (Zool.), a beautiful fresh-water Asiatic fish
        ({Macropodus viridiauratus) having very large fins. It is
        often kept alive as an ornamental fish.
     Paradise flycatcher (Zool.), any flycatcher of the genus
        Terpsiphone, having the middle tail feathers extremely
        elongated. The adult male of Terpsiphone paradisi is
        white, with the head glossy dark green, and crested.
     Paradise grackle (Zool.), a very beautiful bird of New
        Guinea, of the genus Astrapia, having dark velvety
        plumage with brilliant metallic tints.
     Paradise nut (Bot.), the sapucaia nut. See Sapucaia nut.
        [Local, U. S.]
     Paradise whidah bird. (Zool.) See Whidah.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pepper \Pep"per\ (p[e^]p"p[~e]r), n. [OE. peper, AS. pipor, L.
     piper, fr. Gr. pe`peri, pi`peri, akin to Skr. pippala,
     1. A well-known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried
        berry, either whole or powdered, of the Piper nigrum.
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     Note: Common pepper, or black pepper, is made from the
           whole berry, dried just before maturity; white pepper
           is made from the ripe berry after the outer skin has
           been removed by maceration and friction. It has less of
           the peculiar properties of the plant than the black
           pepper. Pepper is used in medicine as a carminative
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     2. (Bot.) The plant which yields pepper, an East Indian woody
        climber ({Piper nigrum), with ovate leaves and apetalous
        flowers in spikes opposite the leaves. The berries are red
        when ripe. Also, by extension, any one of the several
        hundred species of the genus Piper, widely dispersed
        throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the
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     3. Any plant of the genus Capsicum (of the Solanaceae
        family, which are unrelated to Piper), and its fruit;
        red pepper; chili pepper; as, the bell pepper and the
        jalapeno pepper (both Capsicum annuum) and the
        habanero+pepper+({Capsicum+chinense">habanero pepper ({Capsicum chinense); . These contain
        capsaicin+({C18H27O3N">varying levels of the substance capsaicin ({C18H27O3N),
        which gives the peppers their hot taste. The habanero is
        about 25-50 times hotter than the jalapeno according to a
        scale developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912. See also
        Capsicum and http://www.chili-pepper-plants.com/.
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     Note: The term pepper has been extended to various other
           fruits and plants, more or less closely resembling the
           true pepper, esp. to the common varieties of
           Capsicum. See Capsicum, and the Phrases, below.
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     African pepper, the Guinea pepper. See under Guinea.
     Cayenne pepper. See under Cayenne.
     Chinese pepper, the spicy berries of the Xanthoxylum
        piperitum, a species of prickly ash found in China and
     Guinea pepper. See under Guinea, and Capsicum.
     Jamaica pepper. See Allspice.
     Long pepper.
        (a) The spike of berries of Piper longum, an East Indian
        (b) The root of Piper methysticum (syn. Macropiper
            methysticum) of the family Piperaceae. See Kava.
     Malaguetta pepper, or Meleguetta pepper, the aromatic
        seeds of the Amomum Melegueta, an African plant of the
        Ginger family. They are sometimes used to flavor beer,
        etc., under the name of grains of Paradise.
     Red pepper. See Capsicum.
     Sweet pepper bush (Bot.), an American shrub ({Clethra
        alnifolia), with racemes of fragrant white flowers; --
        called also white alder.
     Pepper box or Pepper caster, a small box or bottle, with
        a perforated lid, used for sprinkling ground pepper on
        food, etc.
     Pepper corn. See in the Vocabulary.
     Pepper elder (Bot.), a West Indian name of several plants
        of the Pepper family, species of Piper and Peperomia.
     Pepper+moth+(Zool.),+a+European+moth+({Biston+betularia">Pepper moth (Zool.), a European moth ({Biston betularia)
        having white wings covered with small black specks.
     Pepper pot, a mucilaginous soup or stew of vegetables and
        cassareep, much esteemed in the West Indies.
     Pepper root. (Bot.). See Coralwort.
     pepper sauce, a condiment for the table, made of small red
        peppers steeped in vinegar.
     Pepper+tree+(Bot.),+an+aromatic+tree+({Drimys+axillaris">Pepper tree (Bot.), an aromatic tree ({Drimys axillaris)
        of the Magnolia family, common in New Zealand. See
        Peruvian mastic tree, under Mastic.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grains of paradise
      n 1: West African plant bearing pungent peppery seeds [syn:
           grains of paradise, Guinea grains, Guinea pepper,
           melagueta pepper, Aframomum melegueta]

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