- a seaport in and the capital of French Guiana.
- (lowercase) Also called cayenne whist. a variety of whist played with two full packs of 52 cards each.
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- 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)
Word Origin and History for cayenne-whist
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper