ghost pepper

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

translation of a presumed Assamese compound noun bhüt-zolokiya

Note: See etymology and note at bhut jolokia.

First Known Use

2008, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ghost pepper was in 2008

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Cite this Entry

“Ghost pepper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ghost%20pepper. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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