cinnamon

noun, often attributive
cin·​na·​mon | \ˈsi-nə-mən \

Definition of cinnamon 

1a : the aromatic, dried bark of any of several tropical trees (genus Cinnamomum) yielding a culinary spice, oil, and flavoring especially : a small roll or quill of cinnamon bark

b : the tan to dark brown spice that is prepared from cinnamon bark by powdering and has a somewhat sweet and spicy taste

Note: Ceylon cinnamon comes from a tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) of Sri Lanka and southern India and is usually considered to be true cinnamon. Chinese cinnamon, Indonesian cinnamon, and Saigon cinnamon come from several related trees and typically comprise most of the less expensive cinnamon spice sold in stores. This spice, also known as cassia, tends to have a stronger, spicier character than true cinnamon.

c : a tree that yields cinnamon

2 : a light yellowish brown

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Other Words from cinnamon

cinnamony \-​mə-​nē \ adjective

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Cinnamon is a spice produced from a bushy evergreen tree of the laurel family. The tree is native to Sri Lanka, India, and Burma and cultivated in South America and the West Indies for the spice, which is prepared from its dried inner bark. The light-brown spice has a delicately fragrant aroma and warm, sweet flavor. It was once more valuable than gold. The oil is distilled from bark fragments for use in food, liqueur, drugs, and perfume.

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Make the crisp topping: In a bowl, whisk together flour, both sugars, cinnamon and salt. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "A Luscious, Low-Maintenance Alternative to Apple Pie," 21 Nov. 2018 In a small bowl, combine ground cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Sauce," 2 Oct. 2018 Next, make the crumble: In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 For the crust, mix flour, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl until well blended. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebrate National Pecan Pie Day with a modern take on this classic," 12 July 2018 Add the stock, zest and juice, cinnamon and honey, and season with more salt and pepper. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 The curriculum involves cinnamon and walking on Bubble Wrap. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Onstage, the New Gay Agenda Involves Cake and Not Getting Fired," 8 July 2018 Then, let the mixture sit for half an hour, giving the cinnamon and a honey a chance to mix and the hydrogen peroxide to activate. Kristi Kellogg, Teen Vogue, "How To Lighten Hair Naturally: 7 Tips for Lighter Hair," 19 June 2018 Though Firmenich also supplies synthetic and natural vanillin flavors derived from clove, cinnamon and wood, real vanilla is a luxury that needs to be preserved at the source, says Ghostine. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of cinnamon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cinnamon

Middle English cynamone, from Anglo-French, from Latin cinnamomum, cinnamon, from Greek kinnamōmon, kinnamon, of non-Indo-European origin; akin to Hebrew qinnāmōn cinnamon

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cinnamon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cinnamon

: a sweet spice made from the bark of an Asian tree and used in cooking and baking

cinnamon

noun
cin·​na·​mon | \ˈsi-nə-mən \

Kids Definition of cinnamon

: a spice that is made from the fragrant bark of a tropical Asian tree and is used especially in cooking and baking

cinnamon

noun, often attributive
cin·​na·​mon | \ˈsin-ə-mən \

Medical Definition of cinnamon 

1 : any of several Asian trees of the genus Cinnamomum

2a : the highly aromatic, dried bark of a cinnamon tree that yields a culinary spice, cinnamaldehyde, and cinnamon oil

b : an aromatic spice prepared from the dried inner bark of a cinnamon

Note: A typically mild and somewhat sweet, tan to light brown cinnamon comes from a tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) of Sri Lanka and southern India, and is usually considered to be true cinnamon. Cinnamon that comes from several related trees (such as the Chinese cinnamon) typically accounts for most of the less expensive cinnamon spice sold in stores. This spice, also known as cassia, tends to have a stronger, spicier character than true cinnamon

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