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capsicum

 [kap´sĭ-kum]
a plant of the genus Capsicum, the hot peppers, or the dried fruit derived from certain of its species (cayenne or red pepper); it contains the active ingredient capsaicin and is used as a counterirritant and also in pepper spray.

cap·si·cum

(kap'si-kŭm),
Cayenne, African, or red pepper, the dried ripe fruit of Capsicum frutescens (family Solanaceae); used as a carminative, gastrointestinal stimulant, and externally as a rubefacient.

capsicum

/cap·si·cum/ (kap´sĭ-kum) a plant of the genus Capsicum, the hot peppers, or the dried fruit derived from certain of its species (cayenne or red pepper), containing the active principle capsaicin; used as a counterirritant and analgesic and also in pepper spray.

capsicum

(kăp′sĭ-kəm)
n.
1. Any of various tropical American pepper plants of the genus Capsicum, especially any of the numerous cultivated forms of the species C. annuum and C. frutescens.
2. The fruit of any of these plants, especially the dried pungent types used as a condiment and in medicine.

capsicum

an herbal product derived from peppers native to tropical areas of the Americas.
uses It is used for muscle spasms, the pain of inflammation, neuromas, psoriasis, and dry mouth. It is also used as a food antioxidant and as a food seasoning.
contraindications It is contraindicated in those with known hypersensitivity, women who are pregnant or lactating, and in children until more research is available. It should not be used in open wounds or abrasions or near the eyes. It can cause extreme burns and blisters in its undiluted form.

cap·si·cum

(kap'si-kŭm)
Dried herbal remedy (and spice) made from Capsicum frutescens and other Capsicum spp.; both internal and external medicinal uses have been described (e.g., analgesic, therapy for GU problems).
Synonym(s): capsaicin, cayenne, hot pepper, red pepper.
[L., fr. capsa, box, case]
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Low night temperatures in July/August are favourable for production of capsicums.
This domesticated form is the preferred pepper in Andean countries and is the most frequently grown Capsicum species in South America (Bosland and Votava, 2012).
One very common question that people often ask me is the difference between capsicum and bell peppers.
The introduction of new varieties, like cherry tomatoes and coloured capsicums, contributed significantly to the income of the local farmers.
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We have already received 8 tonnes of capsicums and expecting to fetch 3 to 4 tonnes more," said Rajavardhanan, a capsicum grower of Odapalli village.
Although the botanical term is capsicum annuum, a designation which includes chilis and most peppers other than black pepper (piper negro), the word itself is of Hungarian and Serbian or Serbo-Croat derivation.
Christmas pepper, Capsicum annuum, which is grown for its striking berries rather than leaves - glossy and pointed - or flowers, which are white, insignificant and appear in+summer or autumn.
Capsicums and solanums are related and like similar growing conditions.
The UK will also remain the premier customer for crops such as melons, cherry tomatoes, capsicums, sweetcorn, Sharon fruit and dates.
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