zedoary

zedoary

[zed-oh-er-ee]
noun
an East Indian drug consisting of the rhizome of either of two species of curcuma, Curcuma zedoaria or C. aromatica, used as a stimulant.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English zeduarye < Medieval Latin zeduāria < Arabic zadwār (< Persian) + Latin -ia -y3

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zedoary (ˈzɛdəʊərɪ)
 
n
the dried rhizome of the tropical Asian plant Curcuma zedoaria, used as a stimulant and a condiment: family Zingiberaceae
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin zedoaria, from Arabic zadwār, of Persian origin]

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zedoary zed·o·ar·y (zěd'ō-ěr'ē)
n.

  1. An Indian plant that has yellow flowers, purple bracts, and starchy tuberous rhizomes.

  2. The dried rhizomes of this plant that are used as a condiment as well as in perfumes, medicines, and cosmetics.

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