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or chil·e, chil·li

noun, plural chil·ies.
  1. Also called chili pepper. the pungent pod of any of several species of Capsicum, especially C. annuum longum: used in cooking for its pungent flavor.
  2. chili con carne.
  3. a meatless version of chili con carne.
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Origin of chili

1655–65; < Mexican Spanish chile < Nahuatl chīlli chili pepper
Can be confusedChile chili chilly
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also chilli, 1660s, from Nahuatl chilli, native name for the peppers. Not named for the South American country. As short for chile con carne and similar dishes, attested by 1846.

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