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jalapeño

[hah-luh-peyn-yoh; Spanish hah-lah-pe-nyaw] /ˌhɑ ləˈpeɪn yoʊ; Spanish ˌhɑ lɑˈpɛ nyɔ/
noun, plural jalapeños
[hah-luh-peyn-yohz; Spanish hah-lah-pe-nyaws] /ˌhɑ ləˈpeɪn yoʊz; Spanish ˌhɑ lɑˈpɛ nyɔs/ (Show IPA)
1.
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.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < Mexican Spanish (chile) jalapeño (chile of) Jalapa
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Examples for jalapeño
  • 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.
  • Order the crab nachos, lemon- and jalapeno-steamed mussels or a hot bowl of she-crab soup to start.
  • The restaurant offers traditional sushi rolls alongside its creations such as the longhorn roll or the fried jalapeno roll.
  • Guests snack on roasted jalapeno salsa prior to dining.
British Dictionary definitions for jalapeño

jalapeño

/dʒæləˈpiːnəʊ; Spanish xalaˈpenjo/
noun
1.
a very hot type of green chilli pepper, used esp in Mexican cookery Also jalapeño pepper
Word Origin
Mexican Spanish
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Word Origin and History for jalapeño
jalapeño
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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