cayenne pepper

noun
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

  1. a dash of cayenne pepper

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Origin and Etymology of cayenne pepper

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


CAYENNE PEPPER Defined for English Language Learners

cayenne pepper

noun

Definition of cayenne pepper for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cayenne pepper

noun cay·enne pepper \ ˌkī-ˈen- , ˌkā-ˈen- \

Definition of cayenne pepper for Students

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

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