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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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British Dictionary definitions for jalapeño pepper

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 pepper

jalapeno

n.

type of pepper, by 1957, literally "of Jalapa," from Mexican Spanish Jalapa, place in Mexico, from Aztec Xalapan, literally "sand by the water," from xalli "sand" + atl "water" + -pan "place."

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