turmeric

noun
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

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The drinks were not your average martinis and mojitos: the former was transformed with cider vinegar, carrots, and turmeric, while the latter got a moody twist with dark green spirulina. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Dada Daily Throws a Surrealist Dinner at One of New York’s Most Resplendent Apartments," 30 Mar. 2019 Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot, and add the meat, turmeric, ginger, saffron, salt and pepper. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Place in bowl and mix with the paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, salt and cinnamon. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How to make Livernois Tap's shawarma chicken wings," 1 June 2018 Plus: the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, and what’s really in CBD? Joe Graedonteresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "Food go down the wrong tube? Try sipping cola," 28 Nov. 2018 Chefs seasoned beef short ribs with lots of turmeric, giving them strong taste and anti-inflammatory benefits, says Singapore’s food and beverage director Antony McNeil. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Guide to Surviving the Longest Flight in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 Popcorn That Speeds Your MetabolismChinatown eatery Dimes keeps their to-go clients coming back for a trio of popcorn recipes spiked with metabolism-boosting cayenne pepper, beta-carotene-rich spirulina, and anti-inflammatory turmeric. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Perfect Super Bowl Snack Exists—Now Here’s How To Eat It," 3 Feb. 2019 The parent company of online beverage company Dirty Lemon will open the Drug Store, a cocktail bar and cashierless shop that sells lemonade drinks with charcoal, matcha and turmeric. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "In New York, a Glitzy New Mall Devotes a Floor to Online Retailers," 15 Jan. 2019 Ginger in any incarnation, Japanese pumpkin, and turmeric. Sarah Spellings And Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Model Finding Beauty in the Mundane," 25 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 How to pronounce turmeric (audio) \
variants: also tumeric \ ˈt(y)ü-​mə-​ How to pronounce tumeric (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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