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[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)
a hot green or orange-red pepper, the fruit of a variety of Capsicum annuum, used especially in Mexican cooking.
Also called jalapeño pepper.
Origin of jalapeño
1935-40; < Mexican Spanish (chile) jalapeño (chile of) Jalapa Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jalapeno
  • 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 jalapeno


/dʒæləˈpiːnəʊ; Spanish xalaˈpenjo/
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 jalapeno

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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