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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Lately, one has been a citrusy sport tea balanced with hops; the second combines ginger and turmeric. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Find an out-of-the-ordinary coffeehouse to match your mood," 10 Apr. 2018 Canyon Ranch developed healthy meals for the ultralong flight, such as a dinner of beef short ribs flavored with turmeric, an anti-inflammatory. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Guide to Surviving the Longest Flight in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 Golden Honey, their sweetener, merges raw California clover honey with turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, and coconut oil, producing probiotic benefits, among others. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Forget the Spice Rack: These Chef-Approved Ingredients Are All the Seasoning You Need," 16 Aug. 2018 Curcumin, the potent anti-inflammatory chemical found in turmeric, can help decrease inflammation, improve liver detoxification and protect the liver from toxicity, and reduce free radicals. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "How to Drink and Not Get Hungover," 4 Mar. 2016 The Chopra women love to make a mask called Ubtan, which is a traditional Indian face mask made with turmeric and basic food ingredients. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Her Mom Dish About Their DIY Beauty Secrets," 21 June 2018 Kitties will go nuts for the Chicken & Salmon Rustic Blend, which is beefed up with superfoods like coconut oil and turmeric. Sunset, "10 Best Healthy Pet Treats," 22 Jan. 2018 It can sometimes be made of up to 20 ingredients, but most versions contain at least coriander, turmeric, cumin, and fenugreek. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Spices Everyone Should Have in Their Pantry," 23 Mar. 2019 Add walnuts, garlic, tomato paste, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, and paprika and cook, stirring constantly, until combined and garlic is softened, 2–3 minutes. Brad Leone, Bon Appetit, "Stuffed Peppers," 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 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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