Capsicum Cap"si*cum (k[a^]p"s[i^]*k[u^]m), n. [NL., fr. L. capsa box, chest.] (Bot.) A genus of plants of many species, producing capsules or dry berries of various forms, which have an exceedingly pungent, biting taste, and when ground form the red or Cayenne pepper of commerce. [1913 Webster]

Note: The most important species are {Capsicum baccatum} or bird pepper, {Capsicum fastigiatum} or chili pepper, {Capsicum frutescens} or spur pepper, and {Capsicum annuum} or Guinea pepper, which includes the bell pepper and other common garden varieties. The fruit is much used, both in its green and ripe state, in pickles and in cookery. See {Cayenne pepper}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • capsicum — [kap′si kəm] n. [ModL < L capsa, a box (see CASE2), from the shape of the seedpods] 1. any of a genus (Capsicum) of pepper plants of the nightshade family, with fleshy, usually red pods, including the hot peppers (Tabasco, bird, chili,… …   English World dictionary

  • Capsĭcum — (Beißbeere, C. L.,), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Solanaceae Solaneae, 1. Ordn. 5. Kl. L., mit fünfzähnigem Kelche, fünfspaltiger, radförmiger Blumenkrone, zweifächerigen Staubbeuteln, die der Länge nach aufspringen, u. stumpfer Narbe,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Capsĭcum — L. (Beißbeere, spanischer Pfeffer), Gattung der Solanazeen, ein oder mehrjährige Kräuter, seltener am Grund verholzend, mit wechsel oder gegenständigen, gestielten, ungeteilten, ganzrandigen Blättern, einzelnen, weißen, radförmigen Blüten und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • capsicum — ⇒CAPSICUM, subst. masc. BOT. Plante, généralement tropicale, de la famille des Solanacées, et dont les fruits ou les graines (de certaines espèces), réduits en poudre, sont utilisés comme condiments (paprika, poivre de Cayenne) [d apr. Méd. Biol …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • capsicum — (n.) 1660s, genus of pepper plants, of unknown origin, a word said to have been chosen by French botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656 1708) and generally connected with L. capsa box (see CASE (Cf. case) (n.2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • capsicum — ► NOUN (pl. capsicums) ▪ the fruit of a tropical American plant, of which sweet peppers and chilli peppers are varieties. ORIGIN Latin, perhaps from capsa container, case …   English terms dictionary

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