pepper spray

noun
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of pepper spray

: a temporarily disabling aerosol that is composed partly of capsicum oleoresin and causes irritation and blinding of the eyes and inflammation of the nose, throat, and skin

Examples of pepper spray in a Sentence

  1. The police used pepper spray to bring the suspect under control.

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First Known Use of pepper spray

1979

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PEPPER SPRAY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pepper spray for English Language Learners

  • : a substance made from a chemical found in peppers that causes temporary blindness and pain to the nose, throat, and skin when it is sprayed on someone


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