noun \ˈkə-mən, ˈkyü-, ˈkü-\

: dried seeds that are used as a spice in cooking and that come from a plant related to the carrot

Full Definition of CUMIN

:  a small annual herb (Cuminum cyminum) of the carrot family cultivated for its aromatic fruits; also :  the seedlike fruit of cumin used as a spice

Origin of CUMIN

Middle English, from Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kyminon, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian kamūnu cumin
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small, slender annual herb (Cuminum cyminum) of the carrot family (Apiaceae). It is cultivated in the Mediterranean region, India, China, and Mexico. Its seeds, which are actually dried fruits, are used in many spice mixtures such as chili and curry powders. Cumin is especially popular in Asian, North African, and Latin American cuisines. Its oil is used in perfumes, for flavouring liquors, and for medicinal purposes.


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