Definition of turmeric in English:

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turmeric

Pronunciation: /ˈtərmərik/

noun

1A bright yellow aromatic powder obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family, used for flavoring and coloring in Asian cooking and formerly as a fabric dye.
Example sentences
  • American mustard, as applied to hot dogs, is generally very mild and coloured bright yellow with turmeric.
  • A member of the ginger family, turmeric treats mild osteoarthritis pain and inflammation.
  • White curries obtain their milky yellow color from turmeric powder and are mild and lightly spiced.
2The Asian plant from which turmeric is obtained.
  • Curcuma longa, family Zingiberaceae.
Example sentences
  • The major herbs grown for use by the ministry this season include oregano, calendula, Japanese mint, German chamomile, aloe vera, eucalyptus, banana leaves and turmeric.
  • The colors were made naturally from plants such as pandanus and turmeric.
  • The new crop of turmeric has started arriving in the market.

Origin

Late Middle English (earlier as tarmaret): perhaps from French terre mérite and modern Latin terra merita, literally 'deserving earth', perhaps an alteration of an Asian word.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tur·mer·ic

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