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red pepper

noun
1.
2.
a pepper, Capsicum annuum longum, cultivated in many varieties, the yellow or red pods of which are used for flavoring, sauces, etc.
3.
the mild, ripe fruit of the sweet pepper, Capsicum annuum grossum, used as a vegetable.
Origin of red pepper
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95
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  • He was mate of a ship and smart as a red pepper poultice on a skinned heel.

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  • I forgot to tell you what we had for lunch, funny dishes, sour and full of red pepper.

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  • Said Ugolino at supper: "Messer Giurisconsulto, will you have a red pepper?"

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  • For red pepper Burns did go shopping with the pair from start to finish.

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  • Chester felt it would be worth waiting for—that which red pepper might say next.

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  • The red pepper grows on the banks of the brook; The Mexicans use it in all that they cook.

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British Dictionary definitions for red pepper

red pepper

noun
1.
any of several varieties of the pepper plant Capsicum frutescens, cultivated for their hot pungent red podlike fruits
2.
the fruit of any of these plants
3.
the ripe red fruit of the sweet pepper
4.
another name for cayenne pepper
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