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2 definitions found
 for Capsicum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 (from which
           tabasco is obtained), Capsicum chinense, which
           includes the fiery-hot habanero pepper, and Capsicum
           annuum or Guinea pepper, which includes the bell
           pepper, the jalapeno pepper, the cayenne pepper, and
           other common garden varieties. The fruit is much used,
           both in its green and ripe state, in pickles and in
           cookery. These contain varying levels of the substance
           capsaicin+({C18H27O3N">capsaicin ({C18H27O3N), which gives the peppers
           their hot taste. The habanero is about 25-50 times
           hotter than the jalapeno according to a scale developed
           by Wilbur Scoville in 1912. See also Cayenne pepper,
           pepper and http://www.chili-pepper-plants.com/.
           [1913 Webster + PJC]
  
     3. Any plant of the genus Capsicum (of the Solanaceae
        family, which are unrelated to Piper), and its fruit;
        red pepper; chili pepper; as, the bell pepper and the
        jalapeno pepper (both Capsicum annuum) and the
        habanero+pepper+({Capsicum+chinense">habanero pepper ({Capsicum chinense); .
        [1913 Webster + PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  capsicum
      n 1: any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum
           bearing peppers [syn: capsicum, pepper, capsicum
           pepper plant]
      2: chiefly tropical perennial shrubby plants having many-seeded
         fruits: sweet and hot peppers [syn: genus Capsicum,
         Capsicum]

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