ajowan

noun aj·o·wan \ ˈa-jə-ˌwän \
variants: or ajowan seed or ajwain play \ˈəj-ˌwīn\ or ajwain seed or less commonly aiwain or aiwain seed \ˈī-ˌwīn\

Definition of ajowan

plural -s
:the pungent seedlike fruit of an annual Indian herb (Trachyspermum ammi synonym Carum copticum of the family Umbelliferae, the carrot family) that is used especially as a seasoning and for its medicinal properties
  • Perfumy ajowan, a spice related to cumin and caraway but that tastes more like thyme, enhances the flavor of the delicate scallops …
  • —Heather McPhersonOrlando (Florida) Sentinel17 Feb. 2000
  • Ajwain seed oil and thymol are known to possess a number of functional properties, namely antimicrobial, antiflatulent, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, diuretic, stimulant, carminative, and expectorant.
  • —C. U. Rajeshwari et al., in Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention2011

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