cay|enne «ky EHN, kay-», noun, or cayenne pepper,
1. a very hot, biting powder made from the seeds or fruit of two kinds of pepper plant; red pepper. Cayenne is used as a seasoning in cooking and as a gastric stimulant in medicine.
2. either one of the plants from which this powder is obtained.
[associated with Cayenne, French Guiana, but apparently < Tupi (Brazil) quiýnha or kyýnha]

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  • cay — bis·cay; bis·cay·ner; cay·o·mi·to; cay·to·nia; cay·use; de·cay·able; de·cay·less; pa·cay; bis·cay·an; cay; cay·enne; de·cay; al·cay·de; bis·cay·neer; …   English syllables

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