scoville scale

Main Entry:  Scoville scale
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a gastronomic measure of the hotness or pungency of chili peppers, in Scoville units
Example:  An ordinary chili pepper is 5000 degrees on the Scoville scale and a really hot one is around 8000 degrees.
Etymology:  1912; fr. W. Scoville, chemist
Usage:  cooking's 21st Century Lexicon
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