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

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

plural ja·la·pe·ños also ja·la·pe·nos

Full Definition of JALAPEÑO

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

Variants of JALAPEÑO

ja·la·pe·ño also ja·la·pe·no \ˌhä-lə-ˈpā-(ˌ)nyō, ˌha-, -ˈpā-(ˌ)nō, -ˈpē-(ˌ)nō\

Origin of JALAPEÑO

Mexican Spanish, from jalapeño, adjective, of Jalapa
First Known Use: 1939


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