cumin

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cum·​in | \ ˈkə-mən How to pronounce cumin (audio) , ˈkyü- How to pronounce cumin (audio) , ˈkü- How to pronounce cumin (audio) \

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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Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, ground cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Tomato and Cucumber Farro Salad," 25 July 2018 Add a big array of spices — cumin, coriander, turmeric, chile, and more — and leave overnight to marinate. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Get a skillet blazing hot and you can make Middle Eastern lamb shawarma at home," 28 May 2018 In a small skillet, toast coriander and cumin seeds. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Ultimate Post-Thanksgiving Detox Meal Plan," 23 Nov. 2018 Add 2 tablespoon each cumin seeds and fresh thyme leaves and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to bowl along with oil and maple syrup. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Best-Ever Granola," 17 Aug. 2018 Xiao Mei Xing coats almost everything that comes out of the kitchen with a fascinating chili sauce that's spiked with cumin, garlic and just a hint of sugar. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Fascinating fried eggplant at Xiao Mei Xing," 9 July 2018 The homemade hummus was flavored with garlic, lemon juice, salt, cumin and sumac. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 While Jewish cuisine’s distinct ingredients can be hard to trace, patterns do emerge: like a golden hour of spice, baskets and tubs become a palette of deep red sumac, bright red saffron, earthy cumin and yellow turmeric. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "A taste of Tel Aviv's largest open-air market," 19 June 2018 The combo of pureeing the sauce and the cumin and chili seasoning flavor is why people think there are beans in it. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "Former Michiganders Are Getting Politically Active in Their Home State All the Way From L.A.," 11 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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cumin

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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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