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jalapeño

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noun ja·la·pe·ño \ˌhä-lə-ˈpā-(ˌ)nyō, ˌha-, -ˈpā-(ˌ)nō, -ˈpē-(ˌ)nō\

Simple Definition of jalapeño

  • : a small green pepper that is very hot and is used especially in Mexican cooking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jalapeño

plural

jalapeños

also

jalapenos

  1. :  a small plump dark green chili pepper of Mexico and the southern United States —called also jalapeño pepper

Variants of jalapeño

also

jalapeno

Origin and Etymology of jalapeño

Mexican Spanish, from jalapeño, adjective, of Jalapa


First Known Use: 1939


Learn More about jalapeño

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of jalapeño


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