an alkaloid, CHNO, with a burning taste, extracted from capsicum
Origin of capsaicinaltered ; from capsicine, another substance, formerly thought to be the source of the sharp taste of capsicum (): see -ine
A colorless, pungent, crystalline compound, C18H27NO3, that is derived from certain capsicums and is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes.
Origin of capsaicinAlteration (perhaps influenced by Latin capsa, box) of earlier capsicin : capsic(um) + –in.
- (organic chemistry) A chemical compound found in chilli peppers, which is responsible for their pungent flavor.