tur·​mer·​ic | \ ˈtər-mə-rik How to pronounce turmeric (audio) 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

Examples of turmeric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The water is tinted a deep orange with turmeric to match the color of the monk’s robes, and fragranced with perfume and fresh flowers. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2022 To tackle dullness, treat your skin to a few pumps of the Clarins Double Serum, which is infused with radiance-boosting turmeric to bring your inner glow to the surface. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 With anti-inflammatory turmeric, energizing maca root and 20 grams of protein sourced from fava beans, the easy mix makes for a nutritional breakfast that fuels this fall. Anna Haines, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 This bioactive aspect of turmeric is the key to why so many skin-care formulators are including it in topical products. Marci Robin, Allure, 29 Oct. 2021 Whether your recipe calls for fresh turmeric or its powder form, don't worry—those pesky stains don't have to stick. Samantha Hunter, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2021 Jamaica's investment and export promotion agency, reveal that Jamaica exported more than $1.4 million worth of turmeric to the United States in 2019. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 31 May 2021 And the earthy and umami-packed turmeric is my favorite of all. Amber Gibson, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2021 Serve beets with half of romesco (refrigerate remainder for another use, up to 3 days) and dust with additional turmeric, if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, 22 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Turmeric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turmeric. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for turmeric


tur·​mer·​ic | \ ˈtər-mə-rik How to pronounce turmeric (audio) \
variants: also tumeric \ ˈt(y)ü-​mə-​ How to pronounce turmeric (audio) \

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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