\ 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 Cover and set the aji aside at room temperature for several hours to allow the flavors to release into the liquid, then refrigerate until serving. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 July 2019 Creamy Peruvian aji amarilllo is wrapped in a crisp spring roll shell. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 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, 18 June 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 4 Aug. 2021.

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