Definition of cumin in English:

cumin

Syllabification: cum·in
Pronunciation: /ˈkəmin
 
, ˈk(y)o͞omin
 
/
(also cummin)

noun

1The aromatic seeds of a plant of the parsley family, used as a spice, especially ground and used in curry powder.
More example sentences
  • To make the curry powder, combine the ground coriander, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, ginger, paprika and turmeric and mix well.
  • The salted version often contains spices such as roasted cumin seeds or black pepper.
  • Stuff with couscous mixed with orange juice, paprika, cayenne, cumin, garlic, parsley, diced prunes and pinenuts.
2The small, slender plant that bears cumin and grows from the Mediterranean to central Asia.
  • Cuminum cyminum, family Umbelliferae
More example sentences
  • Yarrow, alyssum, fennel, cumin, & coriander all attract beneficial insects as well.
  • Harvest herbs grown for seeds - dill, caraway, coriander, and cumin, for example - as the fruits change color from green to brown or gray but before they scatter to the ground.

Origin

Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kuminon, probably of Semitic origin and related to Hebrew kammōn and Arabic kammūn; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French cumon, comin, also from Latin.

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