Capsicum definition

kăpsĭ-kəm
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Any of various tropical American pepper plants of the genus Capsicum, especially any of the numerous cultivated forms of the species C. annuum and C. frutescens.
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The fruit of any of these plants, especially the dried pungent types used as a condiment and in medicine.
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Any of various preparations derived from these fruits, used as a condiment or, in medicine, as a gastric stimulant.
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The variously shaped, fleshy, podlike fruit of any of certain cultivated plants (genus Capsicum) of the nightshade family, eaten as a vegetable or used as flavoring, and ranging in taste from sweet, as the green or red bell pepper, to hot, as the chili, cayenne, or Tabasco pepper.
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A plant bearing this fruit.
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Any of various tropical American pepper plants of the genus Capsicum, especially any of the numerous cultivated forms of the species C. annuum and C. frutescens.
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The fruit of any of these plants, especially the dried pungent types used as a condiment and in medicine.
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Any of several tropical American plants, of the genus Capsicum, principally the species Capsicum annuum and Capiscum frutescens, that are cultivated as edible peppers.
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The spicy fruit of the above plants, the bell peppers.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Solanaceae — various peppers.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
capsicum
Plural:
capsicums

Origin of capsicum

  • New Latin Capsicum genus name perhaps from Latin capsa box (from its podlike fruit)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • New Latin, believed to from Latin capsa (“box”), after the fruit shape.

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin, from Ancient Greek καψικός (kapsikos, “like a box”)

    From Wiktionary