고추

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Korean 고쵸 (kwochyo, "black pepper"). Two hypotheses exist regarding its origin:

  1. From Japanese  () (しょう) (koshō), in turn from Chinese 胡椒 [호초 (hocho)].
  2. From 고초 (苦草, gocho, “bitter vegetable”), acquiring its current meaning after the introduction of chili peppers in the 17th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key)[ko̞t͡ɕʰu]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? gochu
Revised Romanization (translit.)? gochu
McCune–Reischauer? koch'u
Yale Romanization? kochwu

Noun[edit]

고추 (gochu)

  1. The chili pepper, often specifically the Korean chili pepper, a variety of Capsicum annuum.
  2. (informal, slang) willy, wee-wee, penis

See also[edit]