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

Stir in cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt as desired, turn heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Bud’s Southern Rotisserie’s Collard Greens," 23 May 2018 Add tomatoes, spinach, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "You can still make an easy Indian-flavored dinner for two | Charlotte Observer," 26 Jan. 2018 Whisk in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and, if using, cayenne pepper. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Invited over? Please RSVP — and bring this killer salad," 30 May 2018 While the ribs are smoking, in a small saucepan combine ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and honey. Fox News, "John McLemore's Independence Day cookout," 1 July 2018 Top with pancetta and/or garnish, if desired, with chives and cayenne pepper. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 The authors of the report advise that RCVS should be considered for patients who experience intense headaches after eating hot peppers, cayenne pepper or any other substance containing high amounts of capsaicin. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Brain effects of 'hottest pepper in the world' put man in hospital," 9 Apr. 2018 To yolks, add sour cream, bacon, cayenne pepper, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; mix. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Sour Cream–Bacon Deviled Eggs," 14 May 2011 That's because capsaicin, a compound found in jalapeno and cayenne peppers, may (slightly) increase your body's release of stress hormones such as adrenaline, which can speed up your ability to burn calories. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Lose Weight Faster, But Safely," 12 Feb. 2018

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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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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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