Definition of malaguetta in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈɡedə/
(also malaguetta pepper)


Another term for grains of paradise.
Example sentences
  • The area had been known as the Grain Coast, in reference to the malagueta pepper that was the primary export.
  • Copper, horses, and cloth were also traded for gold, malagueta pepper, carved ivory, and ebony.
  • The Portugese came for the malaguetta pepper, the English for the grain and the Dutch to buy gold.


Mid 16th century: probably from French malaguette, perhaps based on a diminutive of Italian melica 'millet'.

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Syllabification: ma·la·guet·ta

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