tur·mer·ic | \ ˈtər-mə-rik also ˈtü-mə- or ˈtyü- \

Definition of turmeric 

1 : an Indian perennial herb (Curcuma longa synonym C. domestica) of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

2 : the boiled, dried, and usually ground rhizome of the turmeric plant used as a coloring agent, a flavoring, or a stimulant

3 : a yellow to reddish-brown dyestuff obtained from turmeric

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The Majik takes its color cue from blueberries and E3Live; The Pines tempers the peppery anti-inflammatory roots turmeric and ginger with pineapple, mango, and coconut milk. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the NYC Detox Shop Where Cryotherapy and CBD-Infused Smoothies Are on the Menu," 11 July 2018 In a blender or food processor, combine yogurt, almonds, onions, ginger, chiles, peppercorns, coriander, turmeric and stock. Puree until smooth. 2. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Glorious Chicken Korma Anyone Can Pull Off," 5 July 2018 The veggie dog is primarily made of kale, red lentils, quinoa, onion, carrots, and an array of spices, including ginger and turmeric. Sophie Cannon, BostonGlobe.com, "Ikea to debut a veggie hot dog at Boston Calling — no assembly required," 21 May 2018 Ginger and turmeric are spices known for aiding digestion and are powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Drink your way to health with these 'nutritious' cocktails," 8 June 2017 Replace them with anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, turmeric, zucchini, coconut, lemons, and beets. Dahna M. Chandler, Woman's Day, "How to Lose Weight in Your Face," 22 May 2017 Not that there’s anything wrong with cauliflower and potatoes with ginger and turmeric. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 The post-workout shot, in particular, was a nice kick thanks to the ginger and turmeric. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "I Ate Like Supermodel Kate Upton for Three Days — and It Wasn’t That Hard," 12 July 2018 Sourcing of ingredients: Honey from a local apiary in Livingston Parish, vegetables from local farms within 200-mile radius, and ginger and turmeric from Florida. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "2018 Eat Local Challenge: No need to go hardcore to dig in," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of turmeric

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turmeric

Middle English turmeryte

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tur·mer·ic | \ ˈtər-mə-rik \
variants: also tumeric \ˈt(y)ü-mə- \

Medical Definition of turmeric 

1 : an Indian perennial herb (Curcuma longa) of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

2 : the cleaned, boiled, dried, and usually ground rhizome of the turmeric plant used in dietary supplements and herbal remedies and as a spice — see curcumin

3 : a yellow to reddish brown dyestuff obtained from turmeric

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