amo·​mum | \ əˈmōməm \

Definition of amomum

1 capitalized : a large genus of herbs (family Zingiberaceae) found in tropical regions of the Old World and differing from members of the genus Zingiber only in having the anther cells divergent and the connective between them not long-spurred
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Amomum
3 -s : the fruit or root of an amomum plant

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First Known Use of amomum

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amomum

New Latin, from Latin, an aromatic shrub, from Greek amōmon

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“Amomum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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