plural -s
: a slender long usually dried chili pepper that is blackish brown when dried

Word History


Mexican Spanish, probably diminutive of Spanish pasa raisin, from Latin passa (in uva passa raisins, literally, spread of grapes), feminine of passus, past participle of pandere to spread, unfold

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pasilla was in 1929

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“Pasilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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