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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

Cap"si*cum (kăp"s&ibreve;*kŭm), 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]

&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.
[1913 Webster]

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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