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 Spices by Chef Max is inspired by his Bahamian heritage, offering spices like white rice powder, brown mustard powder, coriander, fenugreek, turmeric, cumin and more. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Need last-minute holiday gifts? Here are ideas from 5 metro Detroit businesses," 19 Dec. 2020 Stir in the salt, crushed fenugreek leaves and garam masala, then check the seasoning and add the sugar. Richard Vines, Bloomberg.com, "Turkey Leftovers Are Perfect for This Butter Chicken Recipe," 12 Dec. 2020 At times, ginger is served for arthritis and digestion, cinnamon to boost circulation and lower blood sugar, and fenugreek to fight infection -- all top exports of the country. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Thousands of people are protesting with farmers in India. This is why you should care," 11 Dec. 2020 Add the onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, fenugreek, cumin, oregano, turmeric and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to lightly brown, about 15 minutes. Washington Post, "Roasted carrots get a flavor boost from ayib and a spicy Ethiopian dressing," 9 Dec. 2020 Place the seeds in a small pan with the cloves, coriander and fenugreek and toast over medium heat, making sure not to burn the spices, until fragrant. Dallas News, "A global remedy: Chicken soup recipes from around the world," 20 Nov. 2020 Add the asafoetida, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves; cook 1 minute. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Aloo Masala (South Indian Curried Mashed Potatoes)," 18 Nov. 2020 In a dry skillet over medium heat, roast each of the following seeds separately: coriander, cumin, fennel, and fenugreek; stir constantly until each becomes fairly dark brown. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "‘A Feast of Serendib’: New cookbook highlights the flavorful and historical complexities of Sri Lankan cuisine," 13 Oct. 2020 As for main courses, a bevy of greens — spinach, collards and kale simply seasoned with fenugreek and turmeric — go into the rib-sticking sabzi lawaan, spooned over fragrant basmati rice. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Order from these three restaurants, and watch vegetables steal the show," 26 June 2020

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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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26 Dec 2020

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“Fenugreek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fenugreek. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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