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an aerosol spray that temporarily irritates the eyes and mucous membranes, used to stun and incapacitate a person or animal:
police use of pepper spray to control rioters.
a defence spray agent derived from hot cayenne peppers, which causes temporary blindness and breathing difficulty, sometimes used to control riots

a liquid of oleoresins from capsicum put in aerosol form to be used for self-defense against an attacker

Pepper spray is highly irritant to the skin and mucous membranes.


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