A ripe tabasco pepper.Licensed from iStockPhoto
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A very pungent pepper (Capsicum frutescens) grown principally in the Gulf Coast states for commercial production of hot sauces.