[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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