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
Other eats Melt-in-your-mouth salty pork rinds ($8) dusted with cumin-like aleppo spice were the perfect appetizer for happy hour.
One evening, lettuce cups were light, balanced bundles of cumin, chili, lime, pepitas, and avocado.
Each is also different — more types of chiles in one, a strong note of cumin in another, one extremely spicy, others less so.
The scents of cumin and turmeric and cardamom are so overwhelming that my eyes begin to water.
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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.
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 century
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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