car·​da·​mom | \ ˈkär-də-məm , -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

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Sweden is the biggest user of cardamom per capita than anywhere in the world. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "How to Win at Winter, Scandinavian Style," 30 Nov. 2018 Bring cinnamon sticks, ginger, cardamom pods, salt, and 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Hemp Milk Chai," 19 Mar. 2018 Whisk together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a bowl. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Cast-Iron Apple-Blackberry Crumble with Sour Cream Whip," 13 Aug. 2018 Toss nuts and coconut in a large bowl. Whisk maple syrup, tahini, oil, salt, and cardamom in a medium bowl until combined. Pour tahini syrup over nut mixture and toss with a spatula until evenly coated. Scrape onto prepared sheet. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Grain-Free Tahini Granola," 9 Apr. 2018 Make filling: In a large bowl, combine sweet potato puree with butter, brown sugar, cardamom, salt, cornmeal, coconut milk, cream and egg yolks, and whisk until well blended. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 To coat dough logs, combine sanding sugar with 2 pinches ground cardamom. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chai Tree and Snowflake Cookies," 30 Nov. 2018 And if alcohol is off the table, there are homemade sodas, in flavors like pear and cardamom and blackberry and juniper, for your sipping pleasure. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Healthy and Delicious Spots to Try During New York City Restaurant Week," 22 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cardamom

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


car·​da·​mom | \ ˈkärd-ə-məm, -ˌmäm \

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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