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Any of various capsicum peppers; especially the chilli pepper, a variety of C. annuum.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary. From Indian + pepper, probably originally after Middle French, French poivre d'Inde and early modern Dutch, Dutch Peper Van Indien.
Indian pepper/ˈɪndɪən ˈpɛpə/
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