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 barkb : the tan to dark brown spice that is prepared from cinnamon bark by powdering and has a somewhat sweet and spicy taste ◆What is generally considered true cinnamon comes from a tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) of Sri Lanka and southern India. Cinnamon that comes from several related trees (as C. cassia and C. loureirii) typically comprises 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
cinnamonyplay \-mə-nē\ adjective
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th century
CINNAMON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cinnamon for English Language Learners
: a sweet spice made from the bark of an Asian tree and used in cooking and baking
CINNAMON Defined for Kids
Definition of cinnamon for Students
: a spice that is made from the fragrant bark of a tropical Asian tree and is used especially in cooking and baking
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 oilb: an aromatic spice prepared from the dried inner bark of a cinnamon ◆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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