caraway seed


a plant, Carum carvi, of the parsley family, native to Europe, having finely divided leaves and umbels of white or pinkish flowers.
Also called caraway seed. the aromatic seedlike fruit of this plant, used in cooking and medicine.

1325–75; Middle English car(a)wai, variant of carwy < Medieval Latin carui < Arabic karawiyāGreek káron caraway Unabridged
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caraway (ˈkærəˌweɪ)
1.  an umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Carum carvi, having finely divided leaves and clusters of small whitish flowers
2.  caraway seed the pungent aromatic one-seeded fruit of this plant, used in cooking and in medicine
[C14: probably from Medieval Latin carvi, from Arabic karawyā, from Greek karon]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, from O.Sp. alcarahuaya, from Arabic al-karawiya. Suspected to be somehow from Gk. karon "cumin."
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