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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Chiya Chai will offer traditional masala and ginger cardamom as well as mango coconut and blueberry lavender. Grace Wong,, "McKinley Park bakery Butterdough serves up small-batch croissants, plus more Chicago restaurant openings and closings," 30 July 2019 In the processor, combine the flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Lighten up your summer dessert with seasonal stone fruit," 17 July 2019 The citrusy Aperol spritz amped with strawberry and cardamom syrup and rounded out with pinot grigio plays sweet put stops shy of cloying. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Fellow Osteria in Scottsdale is too interesting to ignore but too inconsistent to embrace," 16 July 2019 The $25 specialty Smoke Signals concocation is a twist on an old fashioned, made with Basil Hayden’s bourbon, homemade cardamom syrup and mole-like corazón bitters. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry’s International Smoke ready to spice up San Diego," 11 July 2019 Or, opt for the Zeppole ($8); the classic ricotta doughnuts are soft, warm and speckled with cardamom sugar. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 In a small saucepan, combine jam, lemon juice, and cardamom pods. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Apple and Pear Tart," 15 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, in measuring cup, combine honey, orange blossom water, and cardamom; microwave on High 30 seconds. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Hanukkah Honey Balls," 26 Nov. 2018 Combine almonds, coconut flour, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar and orange zest in a food processor, and pulse to form a fine powder. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "Beautiful Bites: A Trio of Recipes for Persian Tea Sweets," 23 Mar. 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 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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