cumin

noun
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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Meanwhile, make coconut paste: In a blender or food processor, puree coconut, green chile, garlic, turmeric and cumin with remaining water to form a chunky paste. 3. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Linalool is also just one part of lavender scent, like cumin is one part of curry. Joanna Klein, The Seattle Times, "Lavender’s soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 Most are a blend of ground chilis, oregano and cumin. Susan Selasky, sacbee, "Heed the warming, cooks | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Jan. 2018 Combine tomato sauce, chipotle, adobo sauce, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Smoky Slow Cooker Beef Tacos," 30 Oct. 2018 Add ground annatto, paprika, cumin, pepper, oregano and oil and mix together. Illyanna Maisonet, San Francisco Chronicle, "The quest to preserve Puerto Rican culture with food," 21 May 2018 Total Time: 1½ hours Serves: 6-8 Make nacho spice: In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 2 tablespoons ground coriander, 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast and 2 teaspoons ground. WSJ, "Hold the Mayo: 4 Adventurous Alternatives to Potato Salad," 19 Apr. 2018 In a 5- to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, chipotles and adobo, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir in garlic and onion. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoky Shredded Beef Burritos," 18 Apr. 2018 Some of the most beneficial spices include cinnamon, turmeric (use with black pepper), ginger, cumin and coriander. Rochelle Koff, miamiherald, "You may feel like 20, but you can’t eat like one — the best foods to eat as you age | Miami Herald," 25 Mar. 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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cumin

noun

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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