hot pepper


Definition of hot pepper 

: any of various small and usually thin-walled capsicum fruits of marked pungency also : a plant (especially a variant or cultivar of Capsicum annuum and C. frutescens) bearing hot peppers

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This El Diablo, with pepperoni, sausage, hot peppers, and sriracha, measured an honest 9×12. Michael Klein,, "Happy-hour pick: Silence DoGood's Tavern," 4 June 2018 Capsaicin, the hot stuff in hot peppers, can do the same thing (Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, online, Feb. 10, 2018). Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 Some people add in hot peppers to the mix while soaking. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have plants outside, you have aphids. Here’s what to do about it.," 5 July 2018 The shrimp and grits is non-traditional and excellent, sweetened with maple syrup, spiced up with stewed tomatoes and hot peppers, and full of large, delicious juicy shrimp. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Great American Bites for Mother's Day brunch," 9 May 2018 Add some spice Some folks swear by mixing hot pepper (cayenne) powder or flakes into your bird food. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "8 Ways To Keep Squirrels Away From Your Bird Feeders," 20 June 2017 Topical treatments – Products containing capsaicin, an ingredient in hot peppers, or lidocaine, a numbing agent, may help ease shingles pain., "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 Add the shallot, garlic cloves, olive oil, vinegar and hot pepper sauce to the food processor. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 Bourdain ate two of the signature sandwiches with onions and hot peppers. Michael Klein,, "Best cheesesteak? It's Donkey's Place in Camden, per 'The Goldbergs'," 5 Mar. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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