Definition of capsicum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkæpsɪkəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpsɪkəm//
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a type of plant which has hollow fruits. Some types of these are eaten as vegetables, either raw or cooked, for example sweet peppers or chillies. Word Originlate 16th cent.: modern Latin, perhaps from Latin capsa related to capere ‘to hold’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: capsicum