Definition of zedoary in English:


Syllabification: zed·o·a·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈzedōˌerē


  • 1An Indian plant related to turmeric, with an aromatic rhizome.
    • Curcuma zedoaria, family Zingiberaceae
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    • A paste of a little zedoary and cream makes a good face mask and keeps the skin clear and shining.
    • Turmeric helps you drink more, zedoary fixes up the hangover, and the turtle stuff adds vigor to your body.
    • The medicinal part of zedoary is its rhizome, a fleshy stem that grows underground.
  • 1.1A gingerlike substance made from the rhizome of the zedoary plant, used in medicine, perfumery, and dyeing.
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    • The rhizomes of zedoary are rich in starch, which is extracted from them in India as shoti starch.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin zedoarium, from Persian zadwār.

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