Definition of Scoville scale in US English:

Scoville scale


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

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


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


Scoville scale

/ˈskōvil ˌskāl//ˈskoʊvɪl ˌskeɪl/