any of numerous plants of the genus Capparis
pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
a crime (especially a robbery)
"the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"
a playful leap or hop
play, frolic, romp, gambol, caper(noun)
gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
"it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-on(verb)
a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
jump about playfully
To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance.
The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), which is pickled and eaten.
A plant of the genus Capparis, also called caper bush, caper tree.
Origin: Shortening of capriole.
to leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance
a frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank
a vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer
the pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), much used for pickles
a plant of the genus Capparis; -- called also caper bush, caper tree
Origin: [From older capreoll to caper, cf. F. se cabrer to prance; all ultimately fr. L. caper, capra, goat. See Capriole.]
Capparis spinosa, the caper bush, also called Flinders rose, is a perennial winter-deciduous plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers. The plant is best known for the edible flower buds, often used as a seasoning, and the fruit, both of which are usually consumed pickled. Other species of Capparis are also picked along with C. spinosa for their buds or fruits. Other parts of Capparis plants are used in the manufacture of medicines and cosmetics. Capparis spinosa is native to the Mediterranean, East Africa, Madagascar, south-western and Central Asia, Himalayas, the Pacific Islands, Indomalaya and Australia. It is present in almost all the circum-Mediterranean countries, and is included in the floristic composition of most of them, but whether it is indigenous to this region is uncertain. Although the flora of the Mediterranean region has considerable endemism, the caper bush could have originated in the tropics, and later been naturalized to the Mediterranean basin. The taxonomic status of the species is controversial and unsettled. Species within the genus Capparis are highly variable, and interspecific hybrids have been common throughout the evolutionary history of the genus. As a result, some authors have considered the C. spinosa to be composed of multiple distinct species others that the taxon is a single species with multiple varieties or subspecies, or that the taxon C. spinosa is a hybrid between C. orientalis and C. sicula
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kā′pėr, n. the pickled flower-bud of the caper-shrub, much grown in Sicily. It has an agreeable pungency of taste, with a slight bitterness, and is much used in sauces, along with boiled mutton, &c.—n. Cā′per-tea, a black tea with a knotty curled leaf. [L. and Gr. capparis.]
kā′pėr, v.i. to leap or skip like a goat: to dance in a frolicsome manner.—n. a leap: a prank.—n. Cā′perer, a dancer.—To cut a caper, to dance or act fantastically. [See Capriole.]
The numerical value of CAPER in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of CAPER in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- каперсник, подрипвам, подскачамBulgarian
- Kapernstrauch, KaperGerman
- alcaparro, alcaparraSpanish
- loikka, kaprisFinnish
- kapribogyó, kapriHungarian
- sobbalzo, cappero, saltellamento, saltellareItalian
- salt, caperă, tumbă, țopăit, sări, săritură, caper, zburda, țopăiRomanian
- прыжок, каперс, коленце, скакать, скачокRussian
- kapra, kaparSerbo-Croatian
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