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    Hello,

    I'm wondering if there is an adjective in English that means "containing spices/herbs". Can I use the word 'spicy"? I've always thought it's a synonym of 'hot', so spicy food creates a burning feeling in your mouth.
    A dish may contain lots of spices and herbs and have a piquant flavour, but remain not burning.

    For example, mulled wine contains cinammon and clove, but it doens't burn your mouth. Can I describe it as a spicy drink?

    Thank you!

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    Re: spicy

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if there is an adjective in English that means "containing spices/herbs". Can I use the word 'spicy"? I've always thought it's a synonym of 'hot', so spicy food creates a burning feeling in your mouth.
    A dish may contain lots of spices and herbs and have a piquant flavour, but remain not burning.

    For example, mulled wine contains Cinnamon and clove, but it doesn't burn your mouth. Can I describe it as a spicy drink?

    Thank you!
    Call it "spiced" rather than "spicy".

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    We don't capitalize "cinnamon", do we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    We don't capitalize "cinnamon", do we?
    No, we don't, I should have corrected that. Thank you.

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    Thank you!
    It's really interesting why it is so. We add spices, but can describe our dish as 'spicy' only when it is hot.

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    Re: spicy

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    It's really interesting why it is so. We add spices, but can describe our dish as 'spicy' only when it is hot.
    It's not so common, but there is a similar contrast with salted and salty.

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    5jj, I'm afraid I don't get it .
    I assume that 'salted' = with some salt added, whereas 'salty' = tasting of salt. However, both salted and salty food makes our receptors feel salt. I don't see how they relate to 'spiced' and 'spicy'.
    'spiced' = with spiced added, 'spicy' - hot, creating a burning feeling in one's mouth.
    Kimchi dish is really spicy. It always makes me want to drink some water to get rid of that burning feeling. Our Russian sbiten is spiced, leaving a pleasant flavour of ginger and sage.

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    Re: spicy

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    5jj, I'm afraid I don't get it .
    I assume that 'salted' = with some salt added, whereas 'salty' = tasting of salt. However, both salted and salty food makes our receptors feel salt. I don't see how they relate to 'spiced' and 'spicy'.
    'spiced' = with spiced added, 'spicy' - hot, creating a burning feeling in one's mouth.
    OK - Bad suggestion of mine.

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    Re: spicy

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Kimchi dish is really spicy. It always makes me want to drink some water to get rid of that burning feeling. Our Russian sbiten is spiced, leaving a pleasant flavour of ginger and sage.
    What about "our Russian sbiten is flavoured", "our Russian sbiten is pleasantly flavoured", or "our Russian sbieten is pleasantly flavoured with ginger and sage"?

    Does not "flavoured" satisfy your need to describe a flavoured food?

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    Re: spicy

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    5jj, I'm afraid I don't get it .
    I assume that 'salted' = with some salt added, whereas 'salty' = tasting of salt. However, both salted and salty food makes our receptors feel salt. I don't see how they relate to 'spiced' and 'spicy'.
    'spiced' = with spiced added, 'spicy' - hot, creating a burning feeling in one's mouth.
    Kimchi dish is really spicy. It always makes me want to drink some water to get rid of that burning feeling. Our Russian sbiten is spiced, leaving a pleasant flavour of ginger and sage.
    What about "our Russian sbiten is flavoured", "our Russian sbiten is pleasantly flavoured", or "our Russian sbieten is pleasantly flavoured with ginger and sage"?Does not "flavoured" satisfy your need to describe a flavoured food?

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