Definition of malaguetta in US English:


(also malaguetta pepper)


  • as modifier ‘malaguetta peppers’
    another term for grains of paradise
    • ‘I'm really a big fan of the malaguetas in vinegar that I bought at Brasil Real a while back.’
    • ‘The area had been known as the Grain Coast, in reference to the malagueta pepper that was the primary export.’
    • ‘Another famous variety is the malagueta, which grows semi-wild in the Amazon basin in Brazil, where the species probably originated.’
    • ‘The Portugese came for the malaguetta pepper, the English for the grain and the Dutch to buy gold.’
    • ‘Copper, horses, and cloth were also traded for gold, malagueta pepper, carved ivory, and ebony.’


Mid 16th century: probably from French malaguette, perhaps based on a diminutive of Italian melica ‘millet’.