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

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Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, powdered mustard, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "This classic barbecue chicken recipe will complete your summer," 4 July 2019 Jurassic Pork Makes 6 servings 18 strips of bacon 1 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons Spanish paprika 1 pinch of cayenne pepperPreheat oven at 350 degrees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Decadent French toast recipes from Breakfast Republic’s chef," 13 Aug. 2019 Season shrimp with coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Southwest Shrimp & Grits," 10 June 2019 Spice Rub: Combine 4 tablespoons chili powder, 2 tablespoons paprika, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon ground coriander and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seed. Dallas News, "Sous vide school: 3 top Dallas chefs teach us how to cook chicken, steak and even octopus," 20 Aug. 2019 In the first, combine the flour, salt and cayenne pepper., "Recipe: Fried Green Tomatillos with Chipotle Crema Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 Spicy Sauce Makes about 11/3 cups 1 cup mayonnaise 4 tablespoons Cholula Hot Sauce 2 tablespoons yellow mustard ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepperIn a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients until smooth. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: The secret to a perfect burger," 18 June 2019 Tabasco sauce, by contrast, stands at 3,750 (wow!), while cayenne pepper gets a startling 50,000 (FIRE!). Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Why your favorite spicy sauce is in court again," 13 June 2019 Season with the salt, black and cayenne peppers and the nutmeg. Martha Holmberg, Twin Cities, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019

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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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