cay·enne | \ (ˌ)kī-ˈen , (ˌ)kā- ; ˈkīˌ , ˈkā-ˌ \

Definition of cayenne 

(Entry 1 of 2)


geographical name
Cay·enne | \ kī-ˈen , kā- \

Definition of Cayenne (Entry 2 of 2)

city, port on an estuary on the Atlantic coast, and capital of French Guiana population 37,097

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Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and cayenne if needed. Debbi Snook,, "Paula Wolfert's Indonesian Beef Satay (recipe)," 25 Apr. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and Worcestershire; stir in oats, then cumin, thyme, cayenne, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; let stand 5 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spicy Ketchup-Glazed Meatloaf," 18 Apr. 2018 In a large bowl, combine cornbread, onion-celery mixture, sausage, sage, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Country Living, "Cornbread Dressing with Sage and Pork Sausage," 28 Sep. 2010 In a saucepan, beat 4 eggs with salt, cayenne, and nutmeg. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Alfred Hitchcock's Quiche Lorraine Recipe Is Scarily Good," 23 Mar. 2017 Diehard drinkers will be more apt to try new brands and bold flavors like beet, rose, and lemon cayenne. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The Weird Side Effects Of Drinking Kombucha Every Day For A Week," 26 Feb. 2016 Watermelon is now combined with ingredients such as blood orange, tart cherry, cayenne and cucumber for a cooling ready-to-go summer drink. Kavita Daswani,, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 Put cilantro, vinegars, mustard and cayenne in the bowl of a food processor or in a blender and pulse to combine. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Not strictly salad, these dips make it close enough," 12 June 2018 The dill pickle from Pucker Pickles is sweet and the mayo and Carolina seasoning (made with brown sugar and cayenne) give the burger a silky, sweet and creamy mouthfeel. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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