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n 1  cap  :  a genus of tropical herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) widely cultivated for their many-seeded usu. fleshy-walled berries  2  :  any plant of the genus Capsicum - called also pepper   3  :  the dried ripe fruit of some capsicums (as C. frutescens) used as a gastric and intestinal stimulant .

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