hot pepper

noun

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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There are flowery piazzas lined with umbrellas, crumbling three-story palazzi, and shops hung with braids of hot peppers and red Tropea onions. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 And some, including ginger and hot peppers, are known to rev metabolism. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 12 Aug. 2019 New Mexico’s chile experts contend there’s no mistaking its hot peppers. Washington Post, "New Mexico, Colorado get fired up over hot peppers," 12 July 2019 The pequin chile, the world's oldest variety of hot pepper, and flor de bótil, the brilliant red flower of the scarlet runner bean, which is eaten in the summer with a little lime, chile and salt. Michalene Busico, Dallas News, "'Mercados' cookbook explores the wonders of Mexico's markets and brings home the recipes," 31 July 2019 The basic ingredients of this sauce were hot pepper seeds and water. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Language insights into the games that people play," 22 June 2019 Your best options are a hot pepper spray, a shock wire, a diversion or moving. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Dang! Squirrels are eating the expensive aluminum fence," 10 June 2019 Next, add some whole hot peppers or dried pepper seasonings to your meals, to take advantage of their calorie-boosting, appetite-suppressing benefits. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, "Can the Satiating Diet Help You Lose Weight? Here's What a Nutritionist Thinks," 10 June 2019 In a bowl, combine the basil, garlic, hot peppers, lemon rind and juice, and mayonnaise. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Zucchini and corn, a favorite summer duo, turns into crisp fritters with spicy mayo," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of hot pepper

1945, in the meaning defined above

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