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

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History and Etymology for curcuma

New Latin, from Arabic kurkum saffron, crocus

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“Curcuma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curcuma. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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