cum·in | \ˈkə-mən, ˈkyü-, ˈkü- \

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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Combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, brown sugar and black pepper in a small bowl. Claire Perez,, "Just in time for mango season: Bahia Mar's baked salmon recipe," 8 June 2018 In a blender, purée chopped jalapeño with fresh lime juice, plain yogurt, fresh cilantro, and ground cumin until very smooth. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups," 6 Mar. 2018 Toast cumin seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, tossing often to prevent burning. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Sorry, Hotdogs: These Grilled Carrots With Avocado Are My Perfect Summer Food," 18 June 2018 In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lime, Tapatio (if using), chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika until smooth. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Smoky corn, bacon and fresh lime – this salad was made for summer," 14 June 2018 There is finally a worthy Chinese restaurant, Han Dynasty on West 85th, that knows how to make cumin lamb and a hot pot worthy of the name. David Remnick, Bon Appetit, "The Only Restaurant on the Upper West Side That Hasn’t Been Bettered Anywhere on Earth," 6 June 2018 Add chalkboard paint to your spice jars Make and Tell Keeping track of your spices can be a challenge—is that cumin or coriander?—and there are a dozen DIYs to help sort out the situation. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "15 Kitchen DIYs That Take One Hour Or Less," 24 Oct. 2014 This recipe combines hearty quinoa, refreshing honeydew melon, spicy chile peppers and a bright cumin lime dressing for a salad that is filling and cooling. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On a hot day, this quinoa salad can cool you down - without overheating your kitchen," 11 July 2018 Flavors are expanding beyond dusty stalwarts like pineapple to include kalamata olive, habanero chile or cumin. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018

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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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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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