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capsicum


noun

  1. any plant of the genus Capsicum, of the nightshade family, as C. annuum, the common pepper of the garden, occurring in many varieties.
  2. the fruit of such a plant or some preparation of it, used as a condiment and intestinal stimulant.

noun

  1. any tropical American plant of the solanaceous genus Capsicum, such as C. frutescens, having mild or pungent seeds enclosed in a pod-shaped or bell-shaped fruit
  2. the fruit of any of these plants, used as a vegetable or ground to produce a condiment
n.

genus of pepper plants, 1660s, of unknown origin, a word said to have been chosen by French botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708); perhaps irregularly formed from Latin capsa “box” (see case (n.2)).

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