ajowan

noun aj·o·wan \ˈa-jə-ˌwän\
variants: or

ajowan seed

or

ajwain

\ˈəj-ˌwīn\ play or

ajwain seed

less commonly

aiwain

or

aiwain seed

\ˈī-ˌwīn\

Definition of ajowan

plural

-s

  1. :  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 McPherson, Orlando (Florida) Sentinel, 17 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 Prevention, 2011

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Origin and Etymology of ajowan

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1826


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