car·​da·​mom | \ ˈkär-də-məm How to pronounce cardamom (audio) , -ˌmäm \

Definition of cardamom

: the aromatic capsular fruit of an Indian herb (Elettaria cardamomum) of the ginger family with seeds used as a spice or condiment and in medicine also : this plant

Examples of cardamom in a Sentence

a tablespoon of ground cardamom
Recent Examples on the Web New cocktails on the menu this year include: the Jolly Koala, with gin, vermouth and pine-cardamom-sage cordial; and the Fruitcake Flip, made of brandy, rum, amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters and a whole egg. Matt Wake |, al, "Christmas ‘overload’ popup cocktail bars coming to Alabama," 20 Nov. 2020 Each cocktail at Miracle Bar sells for $16 and this year's cocktail menu includes: Jolly Koala made with gin, vermouth and pine-cardamom-sage cordial. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Despite COVID-19, Christmas bars are popping up in downtown Phoenix. Here's what to expect," 18 Nov. 2020 The famous Maharashtrian street snack is rich with butter and layered with toasty cumin, black cardamom and other spices. Soleil Ho,, "Here’s why you should get a restaurant meal for Thanksgiving this year," 16 Nov. 2020 Infuse the milk soak with black tea, or consider adding ground cardamom or nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon. Washington Post, "Tres Leche Cake," 30 Sep. 2020 For even more recipes featuring cardamom, head to our Recipe Finder. Washington Post, "Make fragrant, floral cardamom your spice of the season with these 6 recipes," 5 Nov. 2020 This set from SpaRitual includes a citrus cardamom hand salve and foot balm tucked into a reusable organic cotton pouch and is perfect for anyone who is missing their mani-pedis. Los Angeles Times, "The wellness gift guide for your stressed-out group chat," 30 Oct. 2020 Buon Giorno Coffee in Grapevine has a pumpkin spice latte and a maple cardamom latte this season. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Four socially distanced Colleyville date ideas," 23 Sep. 2020 It’s a ganache infused with pho spices (star anise, black cardamom, fennel, black peppercorn, coriander, cloves, cinnamon) and encased in dark chocolate. NBC News, "How one chocolatier pivoted during pandemic by putting own spin on mooncakes," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cardamom

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cardamom

Latin cardamomum, from Greek kardamōmon, blend of kardamon peppergrass and amōmon, an Indian spice plant

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The first known use of cardamom was in 1553

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25 Nov 2020

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“Cardamom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cardamom

: the seeds of an Asian plant that are used as a spice in cooking and baking


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Medical Definition of cardamom

: the aromatic capsular fruit of an Indian herb (Elettaria cardamomum) of the ginger family with seeds used as a spice and in medicine also : this plant

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