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chili

[chil-ee] /ˈtʃɪl i/
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
1655-1665
1655-65; < Mexican Spanish chile < Nahuatl chīlli chili pepper
Can be confused
Chile, chili, chilly.
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Word Origin and History for chilies

chili

n.

also chilli, 1660s, from Nahuatl chilli, native name for the peppers. Not named for the South American country. As short for chile con carne and similar dishes, attested by 1846.

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