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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There are also previous reports that link turmeric to liver and kidney issues. Korin Miller, SELF, "Turmeric Supplements May Have Caused This Woman's Liver Disease," 24 Sep. 2018 Or cauliflower roasted with turmeric ($8), served over htipiti, the Greek blend of feta and roasted red pepper, and accented with granola seasoned with vadouvan, the gentle French version of an Indian curry spice blend. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Flavors of France, Spain and beyond mingle at Mistral in Milwaukee," 3 Apr. 2018 Transfer to a mug and add tea bag, turmeric, ginger, and a pinch of pepper. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Ginger-Tumeric Cherry Tea," 24 Oct. 2018 Then add the black pepper, coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, turmeric, green and black cardamom pods, cloves and bay leaves; cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until fragrant. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 Additionally, Zeichner suggests implementing a hydrating serum into your regimen, such as the Clarins Double Serum, which contains soothing turmeric, squalane, and avocado oil. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How Seasonal Changes and the Weather Can Affect Your Skin," 5 Sep. 2018 Stir in garlic, ginger, pepper, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, saffron and cinnamon. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Other spices to consider: garlic powder, turmeric (for color and earthy flavor), ginger and garam masala, a favorite of Bran-Leis’s. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Here’s how to skip the jar and make a fresh salsa that’s right for you," 1 May 2018 Meanwhile, whisk sugar, turmeric, ½ cup vinegar, 1 tsp. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Salad for Breakfast," 19 Mar. 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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