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 Add the tomatoes, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, tamari, cayenne pepper and salt and cook, stirring, until the collards are wilted but still bright green, about 2 minutes more. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 Add garlic, salt, cayenne pepper and thyme; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2022 This type of eczema shows up alongside ankle swelling as orange-brown speckles of discoloration (sometimes called cayenne pepper spots), per the NEA. Jessie Van Amburg,, 2 Dec. 2021 Searing Cajun spices sparkle on the deeply crispy, flaky swai, cayenne pepper cooled by their sunny, in-house mayo. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2021 Top each serving with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and Parmesan cheese. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 Saraswati puts the legumes into a small, old-fashioned pressure cooker with turmeric, the spice that gives the soup its golden color, along with Himalayan pink salt, ground cumin, and cayenne pepper., 2 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, put the flour in a paper or plastic bag along with 1 tablespoon of the cayenne pepper, the remaining 2 tablespoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of the garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of the onion powder. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 19 July 2021 Gently combine trout, yogurt, dill, capers, mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 20 June 2021

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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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13 Jan 2022

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“Cayenne pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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