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- a taxonomic genus, within family Solanaceae - various peppers
- any of several tropical American plants, of the genus Capsicum, that are cultivated as edible peppers
- the fruit of these plants, the bell peppers
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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.
&fist; The most important species are Capsicum baccatum
or bird pepper, C. fastigiatum or chili pepper, C.
frutescens or spur pepper, and C. 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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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