from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • The capital of French Guiana, in the northeast part at the mouth of the Cayenne River. Founded by the French (1643), it was the center of a penal colony from the 1850s until the 1940s.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To season with Cayenne pepper.
  • noun Same as Cayenne pepper (which see, under pepper.)
  • noun A card turned up in cayenne whist to determine the rank of the suits, but not as a trump.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Cayenne pepper.
  • noun (Bot.) A very pungent spice made by drying and grinding the fruits or seeds of several species of the genus Capsicum, esp. Capsicum annuum and Capsicum Frutescens; -- called also red pepper. It is used chiefly as a condiment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun The capital city of French Guiana.

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

  • noun plant bearing very hot and finely tapering long peppers; usually red
  • noun ground pods and seeds of pungent red peppers of the genus Capsicum
  • noun a long and often twisted hot red pepper


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