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
Recent Examples of turmeric from the Web
The brand, founded by Pooja Bavishi, sells frozen desserts in flavors like masala chai, Turkish coffee and golden turmeric.
Some additives, like turmeric, are more effective than others.
Fragrant saffron rice warmed, and a pot of lentil soup with carrots and turmeric simmered on the stove.
Adding to the complex flavors are ginger, garlic, paprika, chili powder, turmeric and cumin.
In large saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, turmeric, celery seed and garlic powder.
The burger itself includes both red and green bell peppers, chickpeas, and seasonings such as tahini, superfoods garlic and turmeric, and coriander.
Kim suggests checking out a juice made from turmeric sold at the Pinecrest Farmers’ Market for a healthy beverage.
The rhizome can be dried and ground into fine powder — this is the form of turmeric sold in spice shops across the world, and what gives curry its signature golden hue.
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Origin and Etymology of turmeric
Middle English turmeryte
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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