curcuma

noun cur·cu·ma \ ˈkərkyəmə \

Definition of curcuma

1 a 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 1a(2)

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Origin and Etymology of curcuma

New Latin, from Arabic kurkum saffron, crocus


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