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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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To make the cumin salt, grate the zest from the lime. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 The most common spices are turmeric, cumin and cardamom, Tanuja Daniels said. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin iFest takes visitors around the world with food and music," 5 May 2018 Garlic, onions, parsley, cilantro, cumin and chili flakes add aromatic appeal to the patty, which comes on a buttery-soft brioche bun with vegan cucumber mayo, lettuce and garlic-parsley sauce. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "12 burgers for the Big 12: Try these slam-dunk whoppers near Sprint Center | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018 Stir together the 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken meat and chopped chipotle with 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken Taco Pizzas," 26 June 2017 In a large pot, heat 4¼ cups canned tomato sauce, 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, ½ cup drained, chopped jarred jalapeño slices, 1½ Tbsp chili powder, and 1 tsp cumin, then add 2 tsp crushed garlic and 1¾ cups chopped carrots. 2. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "Meatless Mondays Made Yummy," 29 Apr. 2013 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,, "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

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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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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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