If a bibliophile likes books, then what is the -phile word for someone who enjoys eating spicy food?

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    Full disclosure: made up on the spot. capsaiciphile
    – Dan Bron
    Mar 1, 2018 at 15:40

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Sorry @Dan Bron, someone got there first: Transcendental Capsaicinophilic Society

Quoted in the Economist in 1998, I think a capsaicinophile is the closest you'll get, even if it's not yet in dictionaries.

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    +1, although you'll no doubt receive objections to the mishmash of Latin and Greek used to construct this neologism...
    – Gnawme
    Mar 1, 2018 at 16:36
  • This works only if spicy but not hot is a concept you can't embrace or you eat habenero peppers as some misguided sign of personal prowess.
    – KarlG
    Mar 1, 2018 at 16:50
  • People came up with spicyphile and spicy-ophile even.
    – ermanen
    Mar 1, 2018 at 17:38
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    I suspect karukeumophile would do, if you wanted to stay all Greek. Spice = καρύκευμα.
    – Andrew Leach
    Mar 1, 2018 at 19:09
  • The ancient Greeks didn't have a word for capsaicin or spicy American peppers; the modern Greek is Καψικόν or Τσίλι, basically kapsikon or tsili.
    – Stuart F
    Mar 18 at 15:54

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