turmeric

noun
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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First put in 3 chicken thighs, sprinkle a teaspoon of turmeric, your favorite salt (mine is Maldon) and pepper to taste. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "With a New Malibu Pop-Up, Gjusta Goods Provides Everything You Need for a Boho Chic Day at the Beach," 9 July 2018 But to truly ascertain the potential of turmeric, absorption must be improved. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Turmeric: superfood or superhype," 25 June 2018 The frothy mix arrives in the bright color of the turmeric, which mixes well with the sweetness of the coconut milk and honey. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Drink This: Golden milk tea at First Sip Cafe," 22 Mar. 2018 Curry on Fire’s cauliflower is a nuclear orange and crimson hue, the result of slather of turmeric and chili paste. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Worth a trip: Manchurian Cauliflower from Curry on Fire," 15 Nov. 2017 Not a magic potion Toni Camacho doesn’t claim turmeric is some kind of miracle drug. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Turmeric: superfood or superhype," 25 June 2018 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

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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

noun
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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