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Definition of cumin

: a small annual herb (Cuminum cyminum) of the carrot family cultivated for its aromatic fruits also : the seedlike fruit of cumin used as a spice

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Cumin is a small, slender annual herb of the carrot family, cultivated in the Mediterranean region, India, China, and Mexico. Its seeds, which are actually dried fruits, are used in many mixed spices, chutneys, and chili and curry powders. Cumin is especially popular in Asian, North African, and Latin American cuisines. Its oil is used in perfumes, for flavoring liquors, and for medicinal purposes.

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Recent Examples on the Web Here, sesame seeds and cumin give it the warmth of the Mediterranean. Grant Butler, oregonlive, "35 vegan Thanksgiving recipes to be truly thankful for," 12 Nov. 2019 In addition to mostly eating clean foods, Ripa takes supplements such as Omega 3 fish oil, black cumin seed oil and turmeric to reduce inflammation. Hanna Flanagan,, "How Kelly Ripa Stays Healthy and Energized for Her Busy Lifestyle," 25 Oct. 2019 The Dominican Forbidden Oil is infused with ingredients (including coffee, castor oil and black cumin seed oil) for stimulating the scalp, reviving dry, tired tresses and boosting curl definition while adding softness and shine. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Compact," 10 Oct. 2019 Transfer the kitchri to a serving dish and sprinkle with caraway or cumin seeds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turmeric rice dish is a family favorite for chef," 30 Sep. 2019 Sujan Sarkar of Rooh offered his Indian-style lamb ribs with pickled onions and cumin cream. Phil Vettel,, "A damp but delightful first day at Chicago Gourmet," 29 Sep. 2019 On our visit, a vegan Sweet Corn Soup ($10) was a home run, served piping hot and brimming with cumin crema, California chile oil and micro cilantro. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "First Look: Inside Berkeley Marina’s new boathouse-themed restaurant," 11 Sep. 2019 Squalene, black cumin seed oil, and algae extract clarify and balance acne-prone skin. Chloe Metzger And Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 29 Aug. 2019 Landau also likes it with Moroccan spices (ginger, cinnamon, cumin, etc.) as well as Asian pantry staples, such as soy sauce and sesame seeds. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Root, root, root for rutabaga, turnips and those other unappreciated vegetables," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cumin

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cumin

Middle English, from Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kyminon, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian kamūnu cumin

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The first known use of cumin was before the 12th century

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cumin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of cumin

: dried seeds that are used as a spice in cooking and that come from a plant related to the carrot

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