(also malaguetta pepper)
Another term for grains of paradise.
- 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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