Definition of turmeric in English:


Syllabification: tur·mer·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈtərmərik


  • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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.


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.

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