Definition of capsicum
1 a : any of a genus (Capsicum) of tropical American herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family widely cultivated for their many-seeded usually fleshy-walled berries —called also pepper b : pepper 3b
Origin of capsicum
New Latin, perhaps from Latin capsa
First Known Use: 1588
Medical Definition of capsicum
1 capitalized : a genus of tropical herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) widely cultivated for their many-seeded usually fleshy-walled berries
2: any plant of the genus Capsicum—called also
3: the dried ripe fruit of some capsicums (as C. frutescens) used as a gastric and intestinal stimulant
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