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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The daily-changing menu features an expansive list of pizzas in iterations like the Napoletana with tomato, Bluefin tuna conserva, capers, pecorino and hot pepper, and the Zucca with butternut and summer squash, red onion, and saba. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "How to Spend a Fall Weekend on the North Shore of Massachusetts," 15 Oct. 2018 Zesty items like hot peppers and red hot chili flakes get their heat from a group of molecules called capsaicinoids, specifically one known as capsaicin. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Here's Exactly What to Do If You Get Something Spicy on Your Vulva or Vagina," 12 Oct. 2018 The 34-year-old man who ate one of the hottest peppers in the world during a contest went to the emergency room with the headaches, the report published Monday in BMJ Case Reports said. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Man hospitalized with rare condition after eating the hottest chili pepper in the world," 10 Apr. 2018 The 34-year-old man, who was not identified, experienced a series of intense headaches and dry heaving after eating a Carolina Reaper, reportedly the hottest pepper in the world, during the contest in New York. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Brain effects of 'hottest pepper in the world' put man in hospital," 9 Apr. 2018 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

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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