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pepper spray

an aerosol spray that temporarily irritates the eyes and mucous membranes, used to stun and incapacitate a person or animal:
police use of pepper spray to control rioters.
Origin of pepper spray
First recorded in 1985-90; the active ingredient is capsaicin, extracted from capsicum peppers Unabridged
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  • The pepper spray seemed to have cleared out his sinuses and given him back some of his hearing.


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British Dictionary definitions for pepper spray

pepper spray

a defence spray agent derived from hot cayenne peppers, which causes temporary blindness and breathing difficulty, sometimes used to control riots
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Contemporary definitions for pepper spray

a liquid of oleoresins from capsicum put in aerosol form to be used for self-defense against an attacker


Pepper spray is highly irritant to the skin and mucous membranes.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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