noun, often attributive \ˈsi-nə-mən\

: a sweet spice made from the bark of an Asian tree and used in cooking and baking

Full Definition of CINNAMON

a :  any of several Asian trees (genus Cinnamomum) of the laurel family
b :  an aromatic spice prepared from the dried inner bark of a cinnamon (especially C. zeylanicum); also :  the bark
:  a light yellowish brown
cin·na·mony \-mə-nē\ adjective

Origin of CINNAMON

Middle English cynamone, from Anglo-French, from Latin cinnamomum, cinnamon, from Greek kinnamōmon, kinnamon, of non-IE origin; akin to Hebrew qinnāmōn cinnamon
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun , often attrib \ˈsin-ə-mən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CINNAMON

: any of several Asian trees of the genus Cinnamomum
a : the highly aromatic bark of a cinnamon that yields cinnamaldehyde and other aromatic products in the form of cinnamon oil—see chinese cinnamon b : an aromatic spice prepared from the dried inner bark of a cinnamon (especially C. zeylanicum)


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bushy evergreen tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) of the laurel family. Native to Sri Lanka, India, and Burma, cinnamon is also cultivated in South America and the West Indies for the spice consisting of its dried inner bark. The light-brown spice has a delicately fragrant aroma and warm, sweet flavor. It was once more valuable than gold. Today cinnamon is used to flavor various foods. In Europe and the U.S. it is especially popular in bakery goods. The oil is distilled from bark fragments for use in food, liqueur, perfume, and drugs.


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