chili-pepper

chili pepper

noun
chili ( def 1 ).
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chili

[chil-ee]
noun, plural chilies.
1.
Also called chili pepper. the pungent pod of any of several species of Capsicum, especially C. annuum longum: used in cooking for its pungent flavor.
3.
a meatless version of chili con carne.
Also, chile, chilli.


Origin:
1655–65; < Mexican Spanish chile < Nahuatl chīlli chili pepper

Chile, chili, chilly.
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chili
1662, from Nahuatl xilli, native name for the peppers. Not named for the South American country.
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