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
Recent Examples of cumin from the Web
Add corn kernels, onion, cumin, and taco seasoning to pan.
These kofta kebabs of ground turkey and minced onion mixed with cumin and allspice make a delicious grilled dinner.
Add carrots to pot and season with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and cumin seeds.
In same oil, add the green chili, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin and onion.
Then add the cumin, chili powder, and salt to the pan.
Summer tomatoes and refreshing cucumbers get a kick from cider vinegar and cumin seeds.
Preparation Toast cumin seeds in a dry small saucepan over medium heat, shaking pan often, until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
In a small skillet over medium heat, place coriander, cumin and mustard seed.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of cumin
Middle English, from Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kyminon, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian kamūnu cumin
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CUMIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cumin for English Language Learners
: dried seeds that are used as a spice in cooking and that come from a plant related to the carrot
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