fenu·​greek | \ ˈfen-yə-ˌgrēk How to pronounce fenugreek (audio) \

Definition of fenugreek

: a leguminous annual Eurasian herb (Trigonella foenum-graecum) with aromatic seeds also : its seeds

Examples of fenugreek in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add any toppings — cinnamon and sugar, fenugreek and zaatar are all options. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Now add the freshly ground fenugreek powder and red chili powder and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Charukesi Ramadurai, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2021 The next, my tines are hoisting cubes of pleasantly chewy cottage cheese flavored with a cashew nut sauce that’s gold with turmeric, sweet with fenugreek and rich with cream (methi chaman). Washington Post, 22 June 2021 The currants, cherries, and brambly berries fan out on the palate, flashing with notes of sweet cigar tobacco, chocolate, cafe mocha, black cherries, lifted hints of fenugreek, licorice, and sarsaparilla. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Aman will also celebrate ingredients from Shibabaw’s native Ethiopia, like a coconut sauce with berbere, an Ethiopian spice mix made from chili peppers, fenugreek, black cardamom and other spices. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 With a mortar and pestle or food processor, smash garlic, turmeric, ginger, scallion whites, Aleppo pepper, fenugreek, oregano and 1½ tablespoons palm oil. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 14 May 2021 The top-note is aromatic and savory, hinting at a vintage solera wine; herbal notes of fenugreek leaf and parsley float above a very light suggestion of liquorice, with some treacle toffee in the base. Emily Price, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Add turmeric, flour, salt, pepper and fenugreek leaf. Megan Marples, CNN, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fenugreek

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fenugreek

Middle English fenugrek, from Anglo-French fenugrec, from Latin fenum Graecum, literally, Greek hay

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“Fenugreek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fenugreek. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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variants: also foenugreek \ ˈfen-​yə-​ˌgrēk How to pronounce fenugreek (audio) \

Medical Definition of fenugreek

: a leguminous annual Asian herb (Trigonella foenumgraecum) with aromatic seeds used in making curry, imitation vanilla flavoring, and some veterinary medicines

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