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noun cum·in \ˈkə-mən, ˈkyü-, ˈkü-\

Simple Definition of cumin

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cumin

  1. :  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

Did You Know?

Cumin is a small, slender annual herb of the carrot family, cultivated in the Mediterranean region, India, China, and Mexico. Its seeds, which are actually dried fruits, are used in many mixed spices, chutneys, and chili and curry powders. Cumin is especially popular in Asian, North African, and Latin American cuisines. Its oil is used in perfumes, for flavoring liquors, and for medicinal purposes.

Origin and Etymology 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


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