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Something hot? The opposite when picked up (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

'something hot?' is the definition.
(hot vegetable)

I can't explain the rest of the clue.

(Other definitions for chili that I've seen before include "Hot pepper (US spelling)", "African wind", "Hot pod (US spelling)", "Spicy pepper".)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.