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Noun: capsaicin  kap'sey-u-sin
  1. Colourless pungent crystalline compound derived from capsicum; source of the hotness of hot peppers of the genus Capsicum such as chilli and cayenne and jalapeƱo

Derived forms: capsaicins

Type of: chemical irritant

Part of: capsicum, capsicum pepper plant, pepper

Encyclopedia: Capsaicin