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cardamom

[kahr-duh-muh m] /ˈkɑr də məm/
noun
1.
the aromatic seed capsules of a tropical Asian plant, Elettaria cardamomum, of the ginger family, used as a spice or condiment and in medicine.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
a related plant, Amomum compactum, or its seeds, used as a substitute for true cardamom.
Also, cardamon
[kahr-duh-muh n] /ˈkɑr də mən/ (Show IPA),
cardamum.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin cardamōmum < Greek kardámōnon, blend of kárdamon cress and ámōmon a spice plant
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British Dictionary definitions for cardamum

cardamom

/ˈkɑːdəməm/
noun
1.
a tropical Asian zingiberaceous plant, Elettaria cardamomum, that has large hairy leaves
2.
the seeds of this plant, used esp as a spice or condiment
3.
a related East Indian plant, Amomum cardamomum, whose seeds are used as a substitute for cardamom seeds
Word Origin
C15: from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon, from kardamon cress + amōmon an Indian spice
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Word Origin and History for cardamum

cardamom

n.

1550s, from French cardamome, from Latin cardamomum, from Greek kardamomon, from kardamon "cress" (of unknown origin) + amomon "spice plant." The word was in English from late 14c. in Latin form.

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