ghost pepper

variants: or less commonly ghost chili
plural ghost peppers also ghost chilis

Definition of ghost pepper

: a small, extremely hot chili pepper of southern Asia that is a hybrid between two species (Capsicum chinensis and Capsicum frutescens) … the aforementioned potstickers come with a lethal house-made sauce of habaneros and ghost peppers (I managed one tiny spoonful before my tongue went numb).— Phil Vettel Ghost pepper, a name for the bhut jolokia grown mainly in northeast India, is so powerful that the Indian military announced earlier this year that it was going to "weaponize" the peppers for hand grenades.— Florence Fabricant

called also bhut jolokia

First Known Use of ghost pepper

2008, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ghost pepper

translation of a presumed Assamese compound noun bhüt-zolokiya

Note: See etymology and note at bhut jolokia.

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“Ghost pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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