Cayenne-pepper meaning

kī-ĕn, kā-
An orange-red to dark red condiment consisting of the ground ripe fruits of any of several pungent varieties of capsicum.
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A very hot, reddish condiment ground from various capsicums.
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A long, conical hot pepper often used to make this condiment.
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The plant (Capsicum frutescens var. longum) on which these peppers grow.
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Any of several very hot chilli peppers.
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A powder condiment or spice formed from the dried chilli pepper varieties above.
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Origin of cayenne-pepper

  • Alteration (by folk etymology from Cayenne) of kian, chian from Tupí quiínia hot pepper

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