Scoville scale

[ skoh-vil skeyl ]
/ ˈskoʊ vɪl ˌskeɪl /

noun

a scale of spicy taste for a chile pepper when assigned a numerical measure in Scoville units or Scoville heat units , originally derived from a subjective method of measurement, the Scoville test , but now determined by a chemical measure of capsaicin levels.

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Origin of Scoville scale

First recorded in 1980–85; named after Wilbur L. Scoville (1865–1942), American pharmacist who created the “Scoville Organoleptic Test,” now standardized as the Scoville scale

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