cumin

cumin

[kuhm-uhn, koom- or, often, koo-muhn, kyoo-]
noun
1.
a small plant, Cuminum cyminum, of the parsley family, bearing aromatic, seedlike fruit, used in cookery and medicine.
2.
the fruit or seeds of this plant.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English comyn, cumin (< Old French comin) < Latin cumīnum < Greek kýmīnon < Semitic (compare Arabic kammūn, Hebrew kammōn cumin); replacing Old English cymen < Latin, as above

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cumin or cummin (ˈkʌmɪn)
 
n
1.  an umbelliferous Mediterranean plant, Cuminum cyminum, with finely divided leaves and small white or pink flowers
2.  the aromatic seeds (collectively) of this plant, used as a condiment and a flavouring
 
[C12: from Old French, from Latin cumīnum, from Greek kuminon, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew kammōn]
 
cummin or cummin
 
n
 
[C12: from Old French, from Latin cumīnum, from Greek kuminon, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew kammōn]

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cumin
O.E. cymen, from L. cuminum, from Gk. kyminon, cognate with Heb. kammon, Arabic kammun.
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