- a hot, biting condiment composed of the ground pods and seeds of the pepper Capsicum annuum longum.
- the long, wrinkled, twisted fruit of this plant.
- the plant itself.
- a very hot condiment, bright red in colour, made from the dried seeds and pods of various capsicumsOften shortened to: cayenne Also called: red pepper
- the capital of French Guiana, on an island at the mouth of the Cayenne River: French penal settlement from 1854 to 1938. Pop: 50 594 (1999)
“pungent dried pepper,” 1756, from Tupi (Brazil) kyynha “capsicum,” mistakenly associated with town of Cayenne in French Guyana. The town name is the French form of Guyana.