\ ä-ˈhē How to pronounce ají (audio) \
variants: or less commonly aji
plural ajíes also ajies or ajís or ajis

Definition of ají

: a chili pepper that ranges in pungency from mild to very hot and is produced by several usually cultivated varieties of a wild South American capsicum (Capsicum baccatum) also : a plant bearing ají peppers

Examples of ají in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At his six-seat sushi restaurant in Manhattan Beach, Yasuhiro Hirano — clad in gloves and a cloth face mask — unveiled two wooden boxes filled with cuts of glistening fish: golden-eye snapper, yellowtail, shima aji, belt fish and horse mackerel. Los Angeles Times, "Surviving the Shutdown: Wagyu and uni help keep the lights on at Sushi I-Naba," 6 Apr. 2020 Small plates: lobster gratin with green plantain; roasted baby carrots; pork cracklings with aji amarillo; grilled cauliflower with jalapeno and currants; corn cakes with pork belly; and grilled octopus with smoky Peruvian chili sauce. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Alma: South American ‘soul’ food in Highland Village," 24 Feb. 2020 The beef tastes of sweet soy, and the lobster is glazed in a ruddy sauce made with aji panca, a mild Peruvian pepper. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Cross-Cultural Cuisine of Llama San," 25 Oct. 2019 Others prepare free samples of the Peruvian condiment aji verde and trail mix coated in tangy chamoy. Eric Ducker, Los Angeles Times, "At the Mujeres Market, women, queer and trans people of color find a safe space to sell their products," 14 Sep. 2019 Kelis told us years ago that her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, but these days the singer-chef is hawking a spicy aji verde and pineapple saffron glaze. Kristin Braswell, Bon Appétit, "Singer Kelis on Selling Hot Sauce and Starting a Sustainable Farm in Colombia," 2 July 2019 Creamy Peruvian aji amarilllo is wrapped in a crisp spring roll shell. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Next is sushi-hassun, a platter of nigiri: shima aji (striped jack) with the tiniest dab of the citrus-chile paste yuzu kosho, madai (sea bream), and torched salmon. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course," 18 June 2019 No matter rich or poor, everyone uses aji panca and aji amarillo. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of ají

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ají

American Spanish ají, from Taino axí

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“Ají.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aj%C3%AD. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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