- noun a group of plants grown for their pod-like fruit, some of which are extremely pungent, e.g. the chilli and Cayenne peppers. Others, including the red, green or sweet peppers are less pungent and are used as vegetables.
- The general name for the hollow seed pods of plants of the genus Capsicum which are relatives of the tomato. They range from green, yellow or red sweet peppers to the very hot chilli and cayenne peppers, not to be confused with the spice pepper Piper nigrum.
- noun a group of plants grown for their pod-like fruits, some of which are extremely spicy and pungent. Others, including the red and green or sweet peppers, are less pungent and are used as vegetables.