AskDefine | Define cascabel

Dictionary Definition

cascabel n : bell attached to a sleigh, or to harness of horse pulling a sleigh [syn: sleigh bell]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From the cascabel.

Noun

  1. A variety of small, round, hot chili pepper (Capsicum annuum). Named so because the seeds make a rattling noise when the pepper is dried.
  2. A knob at the end of a cannon, cast onto the gunbarrel, to which ropes are attached.
  3. A bell attached to a sleigh or sleigh harness.

Synonyms

  • (cascabel pepper): chile bola, bola chile, rattle chile, coban.

Extensive Definition

The cascabel is a small, round, hot chilli pepper that is prized for the hot, burning sensation that it produces in the mouth when consumed. It is a cultivar of the species Capsicum annuum. Its name is a Spanish word for "small bell" or "rattle".
The pepper, when dried makes a rattling noise and as such can be used to make music.
The plant can grow to more than 1 meter and grows in the wild on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
It is also known as chile bola, bola chile, rattle chile, and coba.
cascabel in German: Kirschpaprika
cascabel in Hungarian: Cseresznyepaprika
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