variants or less commonly aji
plural ajíes also ajies or ajís or ajis
: 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 Counteracting all that fat is an aji criollo, a thick green sauce of garlic, peppers and herbs that thrums with lime juice and vinegar. Gabe Hiatt, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 Holding it all together is a fluffy flour tortilla smeared with a spicy and sour aji verde sauce. Kat Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Martinez tasted the mixture, added some more aji and then tasted again. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2023 The tender seafood is coiled on a hash of potatoes, chorizo and corn that gets a nice assist from dots of sunny yellow aji amarillo aioli. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023 Make double batches and drizzle the aji verde over a bowl of black beans and long-grain rice, or toss roasted potatoes, peppers and onions in the chimichurri. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 The aji verde packs a punch, depending on the serranos picked that day. Diosa Femme, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 This salsa consists of julienned red onions, finely chopped cilantro and aji amarillo all marinated in lime juice. Diosa Femme, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 Rather than the usual aji, or Japanese horse mackerel, the aquarium has been trying to feed its penguins a more common type of mackerel called saba that’s larger and, according to the finicky, flightless birds, less appetizing. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 7 July 2022

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Word History


American Spanish ají, from Taino axí

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ají was in 1822

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“Ají.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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