Definition of capsicum
1a : any of a genus (Capsicum) of tropical American herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family widely cultivated for their many-seeded usually fleshy-walled berries —called also pepperb : pepper 3b
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Paul Delekto talks about oleoresin capsicum, commonly known as pepper spray or OC, and its effects on Marines assigned to the security augment force on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, March 6, 2015.
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Origin and Etymology of capsicum
New Latin, perhaps from Latin capsa
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of capsicum
1 capitalized : a genus of tropical herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) widely cultivated for their many-seeded usually fleshy-walled berries
2: any plant of the genus Capsicum—called also pepper
3: the dried ripe fruit of some capsicums (as C. frutescens) used as a gastric and intestinal stimulant
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