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 Some recipes call for grated cardamom or the addition of quark cheese. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2021 Don’t try to choose between the dark chocolate with blood orange bergamot; the milk chocolate with smoky mezcal; the dark chocolate smoked Welsh sea salt; the berries and lavender; or the passion fruit and cardamom. Aleksandra Crapanzano, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2021 That translates to lighter drinks that aren't heavy in spirits, but with interesting flavors like cardamom and cinnamon, or a a red pepper syrup and basil. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 Garnish with a light sprinkle of nutmeg, cardamom or cinnamon. Kelly Brant, Arkansas Online, 22 Dec. 2021 Add black tea bags—one for each serving of oats—and some whole chai spices, like crushed cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, and star anise. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2021 Add the ground cardamom and avocado, pecan or walnut oil. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 In colder months, atole, a warm drink thickened with corn or masa, will return to the menu starring heirloom kernels, cardamom and cinnamon. Ferron Salniker, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2021 Try a scoop of the Bombay, a cardamom and saffron infused flavor with almonds, pistachios, and cashews., 15 July 2021

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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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18 Jan 2022

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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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