\ä-ˈhē \
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

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The aji comes around again, providing a crisp, savory interlude. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 The pica rica pairs Douglas Robson’s zippy aji aioli with sweet onions and smoky, roasted fresh green chiles in support of a perfect patty. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "25 best burgers in Phoenix: If you've got a hamburger craving, here's where to go," 23 May 2018 Add salt and aji amarillo chile paste and mix well. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Don Ceviche," 25 Apr. 2018 That means Culantro offers the famous Peruvian dish aji de gallina ($10), shredded chicken in a vibrant cream sauce made of walnuts and Amarillo peppers. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "First Bite: Rotisserie chicken is star at Peruvian restaurant in Ferndale," 4 May 2018 That family’s star, the aji amarillo, is an indispensable element to much of Pacific Latin American cuisine. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Light, bright ceviche recipes to cure the Fiesta excess," 25 Apr. 2018 Used a whole aji amarillo chile which gave the broth a good heat level. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Confetti Rice with Chicken in Spicy Garlic Broth," 19 Mar. 2018 Veal tenderloin with ricotta gnudi recipe from Jack Fry's Serves 4 2 veal tenderloins 4 aji amarillos, seeded 4 ancho chiles, seeded 1 cup canola oil 2 cloves garlic Trim the excess fat and the silver skin from the veal. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Nothing says delicious like this veal tenderloin from Jack Fry's," 23 Jan. 2018 Start with the Japanese snapper ceviche, served in tight, curled pieces, several of which are adorned with sea urchin, all gathered above a gentle aji amarillo that doesn’t fight the fish. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Glamorous Booth One mixes the old and the new, mostly delivering classics," 5 Feb. 2018

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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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