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cayenne

[kahy-en, key-]
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noun
  1. a hot, biting condiment composed of the ground pods and seeds of the pepper Capsicum annuum longum.
  2. the long, wrinkled, twisted fruit of this plant.
  3. the plant itself.
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Origin of cayenne

1750–60; short for cayenne pepper, formerly cayan < Tupi kyinha, but long associated with Cayenne
Also called cayenne pepper.
Related formscay·enned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cayenne pepper

cayenne pepper

noun
  1. a very hot condiment, bright red in colour, made from the dried seeds and pods of various capsicumsOften shortened to: cayenne Also called: red pepper
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Word Origin

C18: ultimately from Tupi quiynha

Cayenne

noun
  1. the capital of French Guiana, on an island at the mouth of the Cayenne River: French penal settlement from 1854 to 1938. Pop: 50 594 (1999)
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Word Origin and History for cayenne pepper

cayenne

n.

"pungent dried pepper," 1756, from Tupi (Brazil) kyynha "capsicum," mistakenly associated with town of Cayenne in French Guyana. The town name is the French form of Guyana.

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