curcuma

noun
cur·cu·ma | \ˈkərkyəmə\

Definition of curcuma 

1a capitalized : a genus of Old World tropical herbs (family Zingiberaceae) having tuberous roots and spicate flowers, some members having roots that yield starch — see turmeric, zedoary

b plural -s : any plant of the genus Curcuma

2 -s

a : an arrowroot obtained from a curcuma

b : turmeric sense 1a(2)

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History and Etymology for curcuma

New Latin, from Arabic kurkum saffron, crocus

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