or ja·la·pe·no

[ hah-luh-peyn-yoh; Spanish hah-lah-pe-nyaw ]
/ ˌhɑ ləˈpeɪn yoʊ; Spanish ˌhɑ lɑˈpɛ nyɔ /
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noun, plural ja·la·pe·ños [hah-luh-peyn-yohz; Spanish hah-lah-pe-nyaws]. /ˌhɑ ləˈpeɪn yoʊz; Spanish ˌhɑ lɑˈpɛ nyɔs/.

a hot green or orange-red chile pepper, the fruit of a variety of Capsicum annuum, used especially in Mexican cooking.



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Also called ja·la·pe·ño pep·per [hah-luh-peyn-yoh pep er, Spanish hah-lah-pe-nyaw]. /ˌhɑ ləˈpeɪn yoʊ ˈpɛp ər, Spanish ˌhɑ lɑˈpɛ nyɔ/.
See also chipotle.

Origin of jalapeño

First recorded in 1935–40; from Mexican Spanish (chile ) jalapeño “(chile of) Jalapa”; see also chile1

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British Dictionary definitions for jalapeño

/ (dʒæləˈpiːnəʊ, Spanish xalaˈpenjo) /


a very hot type of green chilli pepper, used esp in Mexican cookeryAlso: jalapeño pepper

Word Origin for jalapeño

Mexican Spanish
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