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peri-peri, piri-piri, adjective and noun

Origin:
Swahili, Mozambiquan Portuguese, ArabicShow more Etymology obscure; perhaps adaptation of Swahili pilipili pepper; or perhaps Mozambiquan Portuguese; in either case, the ultimate origin may be Arabic phil-phil chilli. The forms pil-pil and pilli-pilli occur in Spain and West Africa.
Note:
Perhaps used in the English of East Africa earlier than in that of southern Africa; a standard term in South African English.
A. adjective Of or pertaining to hot red chilli seasoning; descriptive of foods made with this seasoning or sauce.
1959 L. Morris World’s Best (Red Cross) 116Chicken Peri-Peri...Have at hand a piece of garlic and some cooking oil into which you put some chilli powder made by crushing or mincing or rubbing through a sieve the dry little common red chillies.
1992 Smit & Fulton Complete S. Afr. Bk of Food & Cookery 306Prawns peri-peri..500 g fresh or frozen prawns;..5 ml peri-peri powder.
B. noun A hot sauce based on red chillies, peppers, and lemon juice; a seasoning of powdered red chillies; any dish made with this seasoning. Also attributive.
1967 Can You Beat It? (Anglican Church, Sasolburg) 28Approximately 1½ tablespoons Liquid Peri-Peri.
1992 Smit & Fulton Complete S. Afr. Bk of Food & Cookery 306Peri-peri is an African term for a mixture of fiery red chillies — or piripiri — pounded to make a hot chilli paste.
Of or pertaining to hot red chilli seasoning; descriptive of foods made with this seasoning or sauce.
A hot sauce based on red chillies, peppers, and lemon juice; a seasoning of powdered red chillies; any dish made with this seasoning. Also attributive.

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