ghost pepper


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

Examples of ghost pepper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rounding out the seven flavors is spicy ghost pepper. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024 The May 5 special is the Spicy Ghost Rita made with Agave Ghost Tequila Blanco infused with ghost pepper and paired with fresh lime agave. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2024 The Scoville scale ranges from standard bell peppers with no capsaicin to ghost peppers and the Trinidad scorpion, the spiciest chilies. Anthea Levi, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 Seek out risks Don’t walk down dark alleys at night or order ghost peppers on your next burrito. Mary C. Murphy, Fortune Well, 19 Mar. 2024 Bhut jolokia, or 'ghost pepper,' earned the Guinness World Records title in 2007 but has since been replaced by the painfully fiery Carolina Reaper. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 The chain is launching five different flavors as permanent menu additions: ghost pepper, sweet n’ spicy, honey BBQ wings, roasted garlic parmesan and signature hot. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Flavors include cinnamon, lavender, lemon, ghost pepper, bourbon and more. Details: Order online for shipment anywhere or visit a local retailer. Jessica Swannie, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The liquid fire is built with ghost pepper and Carolina Reaper, two of the hottest peppers on the planet. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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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“Ghost pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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