from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless, pungent, crystalline compound, C18H27NO3, that is derived from capsicum and is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chemical compound found in chilli peppers, which is responsible for their pungent flavor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A colorless crystalline substance extracted from the Capsicum annuum, and giving off vapors of intense acridity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The crystalline, active principle (C18H27NO3) of Spanish and Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum and C. minimum).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. colorless pungent crystalline compound derived from capsicum; source of the hotness of hot peppers of the genus Capsicum such as chili and cayenne and jalapeno
Alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin capsa, box) of earlier capsicin : capsic(um) + -in.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)