fenugreek

fenugreek

[fen-yoo-greek, fen-oo-]
noun
a plant, Trigonella foenum-graecum, of the legume family, indigenous to western Asia, but extensively cultivated elsewhere, chiefly for forage and for its mucilaginous seeds, which are used in medicine.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English fenugrek, Old English fēnogrēcum < Latin fēnum Graecum literally, Greek hay. See fennel

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fenugreek (ˈfɛnjʊˌɡriːk)
 
n
an annual heavily scented Mediterranean leguminous plant, Trigonella foenum-graecum, with hairy stems and white flowers: cultivated for forage and for its medicinal seeds
 
[Old English fēnogrēcum, from Latin fenum Graecum literally: Greek hay]

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fenugreek
O.E. fenograecum, from L. faenugraecum, lit. Greek hay, from faenum + Graecum. The modern form in English is from Fr. fenugrec.
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