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ají

USAGE NOTE
The plural of “ají” is “ajíes” or “ajís.”
ají(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (fruit)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. chili (hot)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Le echaste ají al pollo?Did you add chili to the chicken?
b. chilli (hot) (United Kingdom)
No puedo comer ají; es demasiado picante para mí.I can't eat chilli; it's too hot for me.
c. pepper (sweet)
Trae ajíes del mercado cuando vuelvas a casa.Can you get some peppers from the market on your way home?
2. (botany)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. chili (hot)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Aunque he intentado varias veces cultivar ajíes, nunca he tenido éxito.Although I've tried to grow chilies a number of times, I've never had any success.
b. chilli (hot) (United Kingdom)
¿Cuándo tengo que sembrar los ajís?When should I sow the chillies?
c. pepper (sweet)
También cultivamos ajíes dulces bajo invernadero.We also grow sweet peppers under glass.
3. (culinary) (Andes)
a. chili sauce
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Pon el ají en un plato aparte para mojar pan.Put the chili sauce in a different dish for dipping bread in.
b. chilli sauce (United Kingdom)
¿Qué le echas al ají? Está muy sabroso.What do you put in your chilli sauce? It's very tasty.
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ají
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (pimiento)
a. chilli (pepper)
2. (salsa)
a. sauce made from oil, vinegar, garlic and chilli
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ají
ajíes o ajises (plural) (Latinoamérica) (pimiento picante) chilli; (pimiento dulce) red pepper; (salsa) chilli sauce
estar hecho un ají to be hopping mad
ponerse como un ají to go bright red; go bright red in the face
refregarle a algn el ají to criticize sb
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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