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

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The Clanger this week will feature coffee-cardamom lamb sausage with minted pineapple at the sweet end. Craig Laban,, "Craig LaBan picks Philadelphia's best lamb dishes for spring," 10 Apr. 2018 Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, and baking soda in a medium bowl to combine. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Swirled Sesame Tea Cake," 26 Mar. 2018 One recent offering, the Pineapple Arrack, consisted of coconut palm liquor from Sri Lanka, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and an infusion of pineapple skin. Robyn Eckhardt, WSJ, "Two Strategic Days in Singapore: Where to Splurge, Where to Save," 4 Jan. 2019 Then add other ingredients like citrus zest, or spices like cinnamon or cardamom. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "French Sodas Taste Like Liquid Creamsicles, and We Are Here for It," 21 June 2018 The scents swirled around me: cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, and clove. Ruth Reichl, Good Housekeeping, "Good Read: Delicious!," 10 Mar. 2014 Mohammed fills a pot with ground coffee and green cardamom seeds and places it over the fire. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hiking the Jordan Trail to Petra," 25 Apr. 2018 Signature Sip: Dark Days, a refreshing orange and chai soda—paired with Sfumato’s Gravitas scent, made with cedar, black pepper, cardamom, coffee and Mandarin orange Pepperberry Tonic at Bar Kumiko. Julia Bainbridge, WSJ, "What Do You Call a Bar Without Booze?," 23 Jan. 2019 Warming aromatics, including cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, are included to aid digestion and improve peripheral circulation during the cooler months (think cold hands and feet). Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Eckhaus Latta–Approved Herbalist With a Prescription for Balanced Skin and Less Stress," 4 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce cardamom (audio) \

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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