pepper spray

pepper spray

noun
an aerosol spray that temporarily irritates the eyes and mucous membranes, used to stun and incapacitate a person or animal: police use of pepper spray to control rioters.

Origin:
1985–90; the active ingredient is capsaicin, extracted from capsicum peppers

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pepper spray
 
n
a defence spray agent derived from hot cayenne peppers, which causes temporary blindness and breathing difficulty, sometimes used to control riots

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Main Entry:  pepper spray
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a liquid of oleoresins from capsicum put in aerosol form to be used for self-defense against an attacker
Example:  Pepper spray is highly irritant to the skin and mucous membranes.
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