Europe did not have any kind of capsicum or chili pepper before the Columbian exchange of the 15th and 16th centuries.
These days many people feel that the word "spicy" only describes the kind of "spicy hot" of chilis and not of the heat of black pepper, horseradish, mustard, wasabi, etc.
But was the word already in use before we knew of chilli peppers, I guess in the period roughly at the cusp of Middle English becoming Early Modern English?
If it was already a word then, how did we use it at that time, which foods, condiments, etc was it used to describe?
Even if the word came to us after chilies were already known, was that one of its major uses at first?