cascabel

noun
cas·​ca·​bel | \ ˈka-skə-ˌbel How to pronounce cascabel (audio) \

Definition of cascabel

1 : a projection behind the breech of a muzzle-loading cannon
2 : a small hollow perforated spherical bell enclosing a loose pellet
3 : a small, rounded, moderately pungent chili pepper that is usually used dried when it has a translucent, dark red skin and loose seeds which rattle

Examples of cascabel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add the cascabel chiles; cook, turning occasionally, until the chiles turn bright red and charred in places, 1 to 2 minutes total. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "5 recipes to bring comfort, from Hainanese chicken rice to stewed short ribs with adobo," 30 Oct. 2020 For $44 a person, opt for ribeye steak with shrimp, roasted corn and mushrooms in a smoky cascabel sauce. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cascabel

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cascabel

Spanish, literally, small bell

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Last Updated

5 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cascabel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cascabel. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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