a) Any of several tropical American plants, of the genus Capsicum, that are cultivated as edible peppers, known as ‘pepper’ since the 16th century but botanically completely distinct and from another continent; various names are used for one or more species, e.g. Cayenne or Guinea pepper, Jamaica pepper, paprika.
b) The spicy fruit of the above plants, the bell peppers.

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