Definition of Scoville scale in English:

Scoville scale

noun

  • A scale for expressing the relative pungency of chilli peppers against that of pure capsaicin, which measures 16 million Scoville units.

    ‘a regular jalapeño pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale’

Origin

1960s: named after Wilbur L. Scoville (1865–1942), the American pharmacologist who proposed the system.

Pronunciation

Scoville scale

/ˈskəʊvɪl skeɪl/