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cumin

[kuhm-uh n, koo m- or, often, koo-muh n, kyoo-] /ˈkʌm ən, ˈkʊm- or, often, ˈku mən, ˈkyu-/
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
900
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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British Dictionary definitions for cumin

cumin

/ˈkʌmɪn/
noun
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
Word Origin
C12: from Old French, from Latin cumīnum, from Greek kuminon, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew kammōn
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Word Origin and History for cumin
n.

Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kyminon, cognate with Hebrew kammon, Arabic kammun.

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