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capsicum

[ kap-si-kuhm ]

noun

  1. any plant of the genus Capsicum, of the nightshade family, as C. annuum, the common pepper of the garden, occurring in many varieties.
  2. the fruit of such a plant or some preparation of it, used as a condiment and intestinal stimulant.


capsicum

/ ˈkæpsɪkəm /

noun

  1. any tropical American plant of the solanaceous genus Capsicum, such as C. frutescens, having mild or pungent seeds enclosed in a pod-shaped or bell-shaped fruit
  2. the fruit of any of these plants, used as a vegetable or ground to produce a condiment


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Word History and Origins

Origin of capsicum1

1655–65; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin caps ( a ) case 2 + -icum, neuter of -icus -ic
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Word History and Origins

Origin of capsicum1

C18: from New Latin, from Latin capsa box, case ²
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Example Sentences

Its last close brush with people occurred when a raven researcher doused the canine with capsicum.

This is the chilli; the pepper-pods of that name, a species of capsicum; the guinea-pepper.

On the eastern declivity of the Cordilleras I found no capsicum at a greater height than 4800 feet above the level of the sea.

It is what you would call capsicum, but it is not quite like your pepper because it is distilled from a native root.

This remedy, according to Peckolt, is an ethereal tincture of capsicum with alcohol and camphor.

Well, I'll see old Capsicum in the course of the morning, and ascertain what mules he can let me have.

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