Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tropical American pepper plants of the genus Capsicum, especially any of the numerous cultivated forms of the species C. annuum and C. frutescens.
  • n. The fruit of any of these plants, especially the dried pungent types used as a condiment and in medicine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several tropical American plants, of the genus Capsicum, principally the species Capsicum annuum and Capiscum frutescens, that are cultivated as edible peppers.
  • n. The spicy fruit of the above plants, the bell peppers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants of many species, producing capsules or dry berries of various forms, which have an exceedingly pungent, biting taste, and when ground form the red or Cayenne pepper of commerce.
  • n. Any plant of the genus Capsicum (of the Solanaceae family, which are unrelated to Piper), and its fruit; red pepper; chili pepper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of herbaceous or shrubby South American plants, natural order Solanaceæ, with a wheel-shaped corolla, projecting and converging stamens, and a many-seeded berry.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus or its fruit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers
  • n. chiefly tropical perennial shrubby plants having many-seeded fruits: sweet and hot peppers

Etymologies

New Latin Capsicum, genus name, perhaps from Latin capsa, box (from its podlike fruit).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin, from Ancient Greek καψικός (kapsikos, "like a box") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Contrary to popular belief, hot, spicy food may actually be good for your health, that is, if it contains liberal amounts of cayenne, also known as capsicum.

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  • It is what you would call capsicum, but it is not quite like your pepper because it is distilled from a native root.

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  • Capsicum annuum, the common long-podded capsicum, which is cultivated in our gardens, and of which there are two varieties, one with red, and another with yellow fruit.

    The Book of Household Management

  • Pepper spray's main active ingredient is oleoresin capsicum (OC) -- oil extracted from a genus of peppers known as capsicum (the same kinds of peppers used in salsa, spices, and even some analgesics).

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  • The three crew were injured because they shot themselves in the face with pepper spray (also known as capsicum spray).

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  • 'The three crew were injured because they shot themselves in the face with pepper spray - also known as capsicum spray,' said Sea Shepherd Conservation Society spokeswoman Amy Baird.

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  • Bromide of the most workaday genuses of peppers, known as the capsicum, is attentiveness to acquire been in entity millions of years ago in present-day Bolivia, according to the Chicago Botanic Garden's Intelligence and Resources.

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  • Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) also known as capsicum, kampana, or lara is the most widely used condiment all over the world.

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  • Bear spray contains a chemical substance called oleoresin capsicum which is extracted from pepper or chilli.

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  • Herbs such as capsicum (cayenne), garlic, onion and ginger are also helpful.

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