Paprika is a dried fruit
Paprika is a spice made from the grinding of dried fruits of Capsicum annuum (e.g., bell peppers or chili peppers). In many European languages, the word paprika also refers to bell peppers themselves. The seasoning is used in many cuisines to add color and flavor to dishes. Paprika can range from sweet (mild, not hot) to spicy (hot). Flavors also vary from country to country.
According to Hindu legend, paprika is said to have been named after a religious Indian figure named “Rysh Paprike”. It has also been speculated that paprika is a derivation of the Serbian word ‘paprena’, which means ‘fiery’, then apparently forming it into ‘paprika’. An alternative claim is that ‘paprika’ is derived from the Latin ‘piper’ (pepper) through Slavic diminutive forms (‘pepperke’, ‘pipeka’), and came into currency in 1775.