[pa-pree-kuh, puh-, pah-, pap-ri-kuh]
a red, powdery condiment derived from dried, ripe sweet peppers.
cooked or seasoned with paprika.

1895–1900; < Hungarian < Serbo-Croatian pàprika pepper, paprika, derivative of pȁpar ground pepper < Slavic *pĭprŭ, *pĭprĭ (compare OCS pĭprŭ, Slovene péper, Czech pepř, Polish pieprz) ≪ Latin piper pepper Unabridged
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paprika (ˈpæprɪkə, pæˈpriː-)
1.  a mild powdered seasoning made from a sweet variety of red pepper
2.  the fruit or plant from which this seasoning is obtained
[C19: via Hungarian from Serbo-Croat, from paparpepper]

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Word Origin & History

1896, from Hungarian paprika, a dim. from Serbo-Croatian papar "pepper," from L. piper or Mod.Gk. piperi (see pepper). A condiment made from a New World plant, grown by the Turks at Buda from 1529.
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spice made from the pods of Capsicum annuum, an annual shrub belonging to the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and native to tropical areas of the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies

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Example sentences
Sprinkle with hot water and pinches of sea salt and paprika.
Last year one of the big trends was clearly smoked paprika.
Paprika contributes a spicy edge to this sweet, comforting gratin.
One example of this would be the addition of paprika to ground beef or cuts of
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