cayenne pepper

noun

Definition of cayenne pepper

  1. 1 :  a pungent condiment consisting of the ground dried fruits or seeds of hot peppers

  2. 2 :  hot pepper; especially :  any of several cultivated peppers of a variety (Capsicum annuum longum) with very long twisted pungent red fruits

  3. 3 :  the fruit of a cayenne pepper

Examples of cayenne pepper in a sentence

  1. a dash of cayenne pepper

Origin and Etymology of cayenne pepper

by folk etymology from earlier cayan, ultimately modification of Tupi k i̵ʔĩ̵já, k i̵ʔĩ̵nʸá


First Known Use: 1756


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

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


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