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turmeric

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noun tur·mer·ic \ˈtər-mə-rik also ˈtü-mə- or ˈtyü-\

Definition of turmeric

  1. 1 :  an Indian perennial herb (Curcuma longa syn. C. domestica) of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

  2. 2 :  the boiled, dried, and usually ground rhizome of the turmeric plant used as a coloring agent, a flavoring, or a stimulant

  3. 3 :  a yellow to reddish-brown dyestuff obtained from turmeric



Origin of turmeric

Middle English turmeryte


First Known Use: 15th century


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turmeric

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noun tur·mer·ic \ˈtər-mə-rik\

Medical Definition of turmeric

  1. 1:  an Indian perennial herb (Curcuma longa) of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

  2. 2:  the cleaned, boiled, dried, and usually ground rhizome of the turmeric plant used in dietary supplements and herbal remedies and as a spice—see curcumin

  3. 3:  a yellow to reddish brown dyestuff obtained from turmeric



Variants of turmeric

also tumeric \ˈt(y)ü-mə-\play

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