chile, chile pepper, hot pepper means: Capsicum is a variety of plants in the family of capsicums. A chile may have mild or strong heat due to the pepper’s placedntal ribs. There can also be undertones from various spices and fruits. Fresh chiles are usually bright yellow or orange-colored, with a tapering, conical shape that can be nearly as large as a football. A dried chile may have a stronger flavor and is often called something else. (in Cooking Dictionary)