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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Cook for 2 minutes, until onions have softened and cumin seeds are slightly brown. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan," 3 May 2019 Rub cumin seed and ginger on the outside of the bird and roast with vegetables for a simple and delicious one pan meal. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spiced Roast Chicken with Caramelized Carrots and Shallots," 15 Feb. 2019 Vegan Bowl at Chipotle When ordering your bowl at Chipotle, opt for sofritas, which are basically shredded organic soybeans, poblano pepper, cumin, and chipotle chile. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "10 Fast-Food Options for Vegetarians," 17 Apr. 2019 Lightly season both sides of steak with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon cumin; add to bowl. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meat & greet: It’s time to restore the butcher shop tradition," 5 June 2018 Lamb Skewers looked dangerously spicy, but the chewy garlicky bits of meat turned out to be covered in harmless but flattering cumin and the merest sprinkle of chilies. Beth Segal, cleveland.com, "Szechuan Gourmet: Hot spot for hot pot and much more in Asiatown (photos)," 20 Apr. 2018 Add the cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, and 1½ teaspoons salt and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Is Cooking Some of Her Favorite Recipes on Instagram," 18 Dec. 2018 There's benzoin and rose honey in there, plus incense absolute, ylang ylang, cumin, atlas cedar, and sandalwood. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Replaced My $215 Perfume With This $6 Body Wash," 19 Oct. 2018 In another bowl, stir together the salt, chile powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Get a skillet blazing hot and you can make Middle Eastern lamb shawarma at home," 28 May 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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