turmeric

play
noun tur·mer·ic \ˈtər-mə-rik also ˈtü-mə- or ˈtyü-\

Definition of turmeric

  1. 1 :  an Indian perennial herb (Curcuma longa synonym C. domestica) of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

  2. 2 :  the boiled, dried, and usually ground rhizome of the turmeric plant used as a coloring agent, a flavoring, or a stimulant

  3. 3 :  a yellow to reddish-brown dyestuff obtained from turmeric

Recent Examples of turmeric from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turmeric'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of turmeric

Middle English turmeryte


Medical Dictionary

turmeric

play
noun tur·mer·ic \ˈtər-mə-rik\
variants: also

tumeric

\ˈt(y)ü-mə-\play

Medical Definition of turmeric

  1. 1:  an Indian perennial herb (Curcuma longa) of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

  2. 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. 3:  a yellow to reddish brown dyestuff obtained from turmeric


Learn More about turmeric


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up turmeric? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a severe test

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!