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hot pepper

any of variously shaped pungent peppers of the genus Capsicum, containing large amounts of capsaicin and usually having thin walls.
a plant bearing such a pepper.
Origin of hot pepper
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In vain the Goodwife tried to cure him with a dose of hot pepper tea.

    The Puritan Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • He got me down on the floor, and rubbed a hot pepper on my mouth, and tried to make me eat it.


    Walter Aimwell
  • They pushed off, scrambling into the boat, and we sent more silent, hot pepper after the legs that dallied.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
British Dictionary definitions for hot pepper

hot pepper

any of several varieties of the pepper Capsicum frutescens, esp chilli pepper
the pungent usually small fruit of any of these plants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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