Scoville unit

Main Entry:  Scoville unit
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a gastronomic measure indicating the amount of capsaicin present in chili peppers
Example:  The pungency of chile peppers is measured in multiples of 100 units, from the bell pepper at zero Scoville units to the incendiary Habanero at 300000.
Etymology:  1957; fr. W. Scoville, chemist
Usage:  cooking's 21st Century Lexicon
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