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cumin

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cumin \Cum"in\ (k?m"?n), noun [OE.comin, AS. cymen, fr. L. cuminum, Gr. ???????; of Semitic origin, cf. Ar. kamm?n, Heb. kamm?n; cf. OF. comin, F. cumin. Cf. {Kummel}.] (Bot.) A dwarf umbelliferous plant, somewhat resembling fennel ({Cuminum Cyminum}), cultivated for its seeds, which have a bitterish, warm taste, with an aromatic flavor, and are used like those of anise and caraway. [Written also {cummin}.]

Rank-smelling rue, and cumin good for eyes. --Spenser.

{Black cumin} (Bot.), a plant ({Nigella sativa}) with pungent seeds, used by the Afghans, etc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cumin

noun

1: dwarf Mediterranean annual long cultivated for its aromatic seeds [syn: {cumin}, {Cuminum cyminum}]

2: aromatic seeds of the cumin herb of the carrot family [syn: {cumin}, {cumin seed}]


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