Tabasco

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[tuh-bas-koh]

Tabasco

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[tuh-bas-koh; Spanish tah-vahs-kaw]
noun
  1. a state in SE Mexico, on the Gulf of Campeche. 9783 sq. mi. (25,338 sq. km). Capital: Villahermosa.
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Tabasco

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noun
  1. trademark a very hot red sauce made from matured capsicums

Tabasco

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noun
  1. a state in SE Mexico, on the Gulf of Campeche: mostly flat and marshy with extensive jungles; hot and humid climate. Capital: Villahermosa. Pop: 1 889 367 (2000). Area: 24 661 sq km (9520 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for tabasco

Tabasco

proprietary name of a type of hot sauce, 1876, (the sauce so called from 1650s, originally Tavasco), named for state in Mexico, perhaps because the pepper sauce was first encountered there by U.S. and European travelers. The trademark (by Edward Avery McIlhenny) claims use from c.1870.

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