cayenne pepper


Definition of cayenne pepper

1 : a pungent condiment consisting of the ground dried fruits or seeds of hot peppers
2 : hot pepper especially : any of several cultivated peppers of a variety (Capsicum annuum longum) with very long twisted pungent red fruits
3 : the fruit of a cayenne pepper

Examples of cayenne pepper in a Sentence

a dash of cayenne pepper
Recent Examples on the Web Transfer all that to a slow cooker or Dutch oven and mix in a can of Old El Paso peppers and tomatoes (or just a can of chili peppers), two pounds of Velveeta, a can of cream of mushroom soup and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. al, "Earn your place at the table with these easy Thanksgiving alternatives," 19 Nov. 2020 Mix salt, pepper, chili powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ways to enjoy the winter squashes of autumn," 3 Nov. 2020 Some line their signs with Vaseline, glitter and cayenne pepper to stave off thieves, while others tape razor blades across the bottom to teach a different lesson in sign-stealing. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Stolen campaign signs will not deter these Alabama voters in 2020: ’Signs don’t vote’," 1 Nov. 2020 Mix brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl and sprinkle on the smokies. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Pandemic Halloween party: Turning pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns with your pod…Plus snacks," 15 Oct. 2020 In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Washington Post, "Creamy hummus and broiled shrimp are the foundation for a quick dinner bowl," 13 Oct. 2020 Mohanraj notes that Sri Lankan cuisine also relies heavily on fiery green chiles and a dark red variety of cayenne pepper (also sold in Indian markets and online). Tina Danze, Dallas News, "‘A Feast of Serendib’: New cookbook highlights the flavorful and historical complexities of Sri Lankan cuisine," 13 Oct. 2020 In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and the cayenne pepper, if using. Washington Post, "You can feel good giving kids this healthier version of a certain cereal snack mix," 8 Oct. 2020 Walsh recommends the sweet-and-sour, cayenne pepper Tiger Sauce as a classic complement to both grilled shrimp and Asian chicken wings. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, "The best hot sauces you can buy online," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cayenne pepper

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cayenne pepper

by folk etymology from earlier cayan, ultimately modification of Tupi kɨʔɨ̃já, kɨʔɨ̃nʸá

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The first known use of cayenne pepper was in 1756

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2 Dec 2020

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“Cayenne pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cayenne pepper

: a red powder that is made from hot peppers and that is used as a spice to give a hot taste to food

cayenne pepper

cay·​enne pepper | \ ˌkī-ˈen-, ˌkā-ˈen- \

Kids Definition of cayenne pepper

: dried ripe hot peppers ground and used to add flavor to food

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