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 This slightly spicy amalgam of tomatoes, garlic, salt, black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, asafetida, tamarind, sesame oil, and sugar is exactly what my salmon needs. Carey Polis, Bon Appétit, "I Put This Condiment on Everything When I Can’t Be Bothered to Make a Sauce," 11 Oct. 2019 Bonus: This dish is packed with fenugreek, which is at least anecdotally thought to increase the milk supply of nursing mothers. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Bring another bundle of joy to new parents with these 7 make-ahead recipes," 21 Sep. 2019 Add the asafoetida, turmeric and fenugreek powder, and stir for 30 seconds. SFChronicle.com, "A world tour of pickles in the Bay Area and how to make them," 26 July 2019 Many dishes are cooked in a maglaa, or clay pot, which keeps its contents warm and bubbling — especially when making fahsa or salta, a stew topped with whipped, herbed fenugreek, served boiling hot. Kara Elder, Washington Post, "The West knows Yemen’s war and famine. A daughter of immigrants is spreading the word about its cuisine.," 13 June 2019 Add the coriander seeds, fenugreek leaves, cilantro, celery seeds, chile powder and chickpea flour. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: How to make golden pakoras just like Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley," 11 June 2019 It can sometimes be made of up to 20 ingredients, but most versions contain at least coriander, turmeric, cumin, and fenugreek. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Spices Everyone Should Have in Their Pantry," 23 Mar. 2019 Mottled red kidney beans boiled until velvety soft and mashed with pungent raw garlic, browned onions and a thrilling-sounding mountain herb called blue fenugreek. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Complex Red Bean Stew From Georgia," 16 Feb. 2018 In a small skillet over high heat, combine coconut oil, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds, making sure spices are mostly submerged in fat. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018

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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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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fenugreek.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fenugreek. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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