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caper


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caper  \Ca"per\,  n.  [F.  c[^a]pre,  fr  L.  capparis,  Gr  ?;  cf  Ar 
  &  Per.  al-kabar.] 
  1.  The  pungent  grayish  green  flower  bud  of  the  European  and 
  Oriental  caper  ({Capparis  spinosa}),  much  used  for 
  pickles. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  plant  of  the  genus  {Capparis};  --  called  also 
  {caper  bush},  {caper  tree}. 
 
  Note:  The  {Capparis  spinosa}  is  a  low  prickly  shrub  of  the 
  Mediterranean  coasts,  with  trailing  branches  and 
  brilliant  flowers;  --  cultivated  in  the  south  of  Europe 
  for  its  buds.  The  {C.  sodada}  is  an  almost  leafless 
  spiny  shrub  of  central  Africa  (Soudan),  Arabia,  and 
  southern  India,  with  edible  berries. 
 
  {Bean  caper}.  See  {Bran  caper},  in  the  {Vocabulary}. 
 
  {Caper  sauce},  a  kind  of  sauce  or  catchup  made  of  capers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caper  \Ca"per\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Capered}  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {capering}.]  [From  older  capreoll  to  caper,  cf  F.  se  cabrer 
  to  prance;  all  ultimately  fr  L.  caper,  capra,  goat.  See 
  {Capriole}.] 
  To  leap  or  jump  about  in  a  sprightly  manner;  to  cut  capers; 
  to  skip;  to  spring;  to  prance;  to  dance. 
 
  He  capers,  he  dances,  he  has  eyes  of  youth.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caper  \Ca"per\,  n. 
  A  frolicsome  leap  or  spring;  a  skip;  a  jump,  as  in  mirth  or 
  dancing;  a  prank. 
 
  {To  cut  a  caper},  to  frolic;  to  make  a  sportive  spring;  to 
  play  a  prank.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caper  \Ca"per\,  n.  [D.  kaper.] 
  A  vessel  formerly  used  by  the  Dutch,  privateer.  --Wright. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caper 
  n  1:  any  of  numerous  plants  of  the  genus  Capparis 
  2:  pickled  flower  buds  used  as  a  pungent  relish  in  various 
  dishes  and  sauces 
  3:  a  crime  (especially  a  robbery);  "the  gang  pulled  off  a  bank 
  job  in  St  Louis"  [syn:  {job}] 
  4:  a  ludicrous  or  grotesque  act  done  for  fun  and  amusement 
  [syn:  {antic},  {joke},  {prank},  {trick}] 
  5:  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"  [syn:  {play},  {frolic},  {romp}, 
  {gambol}] 
  v  :  jump  about  playfully 




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