tab asco


[tuh-bas-koh; Spanish tah-vahs-kaw]
a state in SE Mexico, on the Gulf of Campeche. 9783 sq. mi. (25,338 sq. km). Capital: Villahermosa. Unabridged


a brand name for a pungent condiment sauce prepared from the fruit of a variety of capsicum. Unabridged
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Tabasco1 (təˈbæskəʊ)
trademark a very hot red sauce made from matured capsicums

Tabasco2 (Spanish taˈβasko)
a state in SE Mexico, on the Gulf of Campeche: mostly flat and marshy with extensive jungles; hot and humid climate. Capital: Villahermosa. Pop: 1 889 367 (2000). Area: 24 661 sq km (9520 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

proprietary name of a type of hot sauce, 1876, (the sauce so called from 1652, originally Tavasco), named for state in Mexico, perhaps because the pepper sauce was first encountered there by U.S. and European travelers. The trademark (by Edward Avery McIlhenny) claims use from c.1870.
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