Scoville unit



noun

a gastronomic measure indicating the amount of capsaicin present in chili peppers
Examples

The pungency of chile peppers is measured in multiples of 100 units, from the bell pepper at zero Scoville units to the incendiary Habanero at 300000.
Word Origin

1957; fr. W. Scoville, chemist
Usage Note

cooking

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