cayenne pepper


cayenne pepper

noun

: a red powder that is made from hot peppers and that is used as a spice to give a hot taste to food

Full Definition of CAYENNE PEPPER

1
:  a pungent condiment consisting of the ground dried fruits or seeds of hot peppers
2
:  hot pepper; especially :  any of several cultivated peppers of a variety (Capsicum annuum longum) with very long twisted pungent red fruits
3
:  the fruit of a cayenne pepper

Examples of CAYENNE PEPPER

  1. a dash of cayenne pepper

Origin of CAYENNE PEPPER

by folk etymology from earlier cayan, ultimately modification of Tupi k i̵ʔĩ̵já, k i̵ʔĩ̵nʸá
First Known Use: 1756

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