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ajowan Line breaks: ajo¦wan
Pronunciation: /ˈadʒəwɒn/

Definition of ajowan in English:


1An annual plant with feathery leaves and white flowers, native to India.
  • Trachyspermum ammi, family Umbelliferae
Example sentences
  • One time oral administration of curcumin, pipeline, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, mustard, asafoetida, ajowan, fennel and onion as a single dose significantly increases bile acid secretion (Table II).
  • Some authors have said that an English name for ajowan is lovage, but this is a mistake, although both plants belong to the same family.
  • In ajowan, the main component of the fruit is lipid in the form of reserve oil (triglyceride).
1.1 [mass noun] The aromatic seeds of the ajowan plant, used as a culinary spice.
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  • In the north they tend to be seasoned with ‘hot’ spices such as ajowan, pepper, and dried chilli flakes to contrast with the more mildly seasoned food which they accompany.
  • One of the most common Indian household preparations is Hingashtak which is a compound powder of fried asafoetida, ginger, pippli long pepper, black pepper, ajowan, cumin seeds nigella seeds and rock salt in equal parts.
  • Bile solids were generally not influenced by these spices given as one-time exposure, except ajowan, curcumin, cumin, onion and asafoetida, which exhibited a stimulatory effect.
1.2 [mass noun] The essential oil of the ajowan plant.
Example sentences
  • Novel natural antioxidant for stabilization of edible oil: the ajowan (Carum copticum) extract case.
  • Ajowan oil, a perfumery raw material, is obtained by steam distillation from the seeds.


From Hindi ajvāyn.

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