From Middle Korean 고쵸 (Yale: kwochyo, "black pepper"). Two hypotheses exist regarding its origin:
- From Japanese 胡椒 (koshō), in turn from Chinese 胡椒 [호초 (hocho)].
- From 고초 (苦草, gocho, “bitter vegetable”), acquiring its current meaning after the introduction of chili peppers in the 17th century.
- Phonetic Hangul[고추]
|Revised Romanization (translit.)?
고추 • (gochu)
- The chili pepper, often specifically the Korean chili pepper, a variety of Capsicum annuum.
- (informal, slang) willy, wee-wee, penis
- (penis): 남근 (namgeun), 음경 (eumgyeong), 자지 (jaji), 좆 (jot)
- 칠리 (chilli)