aj·​o·​wan | \ ˈa-jə-ˌwän \
variants: or ajowan seed or ajwain \ ˈəj-​ˌwīn How to pronounce ajowan (audio) \ or ajwain seed or less commonly aiwain or aiwain seed \ ˈī-​ˌwīn \
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Definition of ajowan

: 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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First Known Use of ajowan

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ajowan

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“Ajowan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ajowan. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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