car·​da·​mom ˈkär-də-məm How to pronounce cardamom (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cardamom was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cardamom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


car·​da·​mom ˈkärd-ə-məm, -ˌmäm How to pronounce cardamom (audio)
: 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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