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cardamom Line breaks: car¦da|mom
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːdəməm/
(also cardamon)

Definition of cardamom in English:


[mass noun]
1The aromatic seeds of a plant of the ginger family, used as a spice and also medicinally.
Example sentences
  • Spices, if used, include cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and ginger.
  • California Chai is an organic blend of warming and stimulating spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger to promote good digestion.
  • It is a mix of celery salt, mustard, red pepper, black pepper, bay leaves, cloves, allspice, ginger, mace, cardamom, cinnamon and paprika, very well balanced and somewhat spicy when you taste it as is.
2The SE Asian plant which bears cardamom seeds.
  • Elettaria cardamomum, family Zingiberaceae
Example sentences
  • Large plantations of coffee, sugarcane, bananas, and cardamom, all grown primarily for export, cover much of the Pacific lowlands.
  • Coffee, tea, sugar, cardamom, rice, cloth, and some manufactured items were the main imports.
  • For her, he had written of wealth, banana groves, palatial bungalows, cardamom plantations, why, even the death of a few men and women who had become inconvenient to the businessmen and politicians who flocked to seek his favour.


Late Middle English: from Old French cardamome or Latin cardamomum, from Greek kardamōmon, from kardamon 'cress' + amōmon, the name of a kind of spice plant.

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