[hah-luh-peyn-yoh; Spanish hah-lah-pe-nyaw]
noun, plural jalapeños [hah-luh-peyn-yohz; Spanish hah-lah-pe-nyaws] .
a hot green or orange-red pepper, the fruit of a variety of Capsicum annuum, used especially in Mexican cooking.
Also, jalapeno.
Also called jalapeño pepper.

1935–40; < Mexican Spanish (chile) jalapeño (chile of) Jalapa

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jalapeño (dʒæləˈpiːnəʊ, Spanish xalaˈpenjo)
Also: jalapeño pepper a very hot type of green chilli pepper, used esp in Mexican cookery
[Mexican Spanish]

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Word Origin & History

from Mex.Sp. Jalapa, place in Mexico, from Aztec Xalapan, lit. "sand by the water," from xalli "sand" + atl "water" + -pan "place."
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Example sentences
Throw some jalapeno peppers in with your potato mix to add a kick.
Saute onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
Add the chopped onion, the sliced mushrooms and the jalapeno pepper.
Mix the minced garlic and jalapeno with the chopped cilantro, sprinkle with
  salt and pepper.
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