curcuma

curcuma

[kur-kyoo-muh]
noun
any of various chiefly Old World plants belonging to the genus Curcuma, of the ginger family, as C. domestica, yielding turmeric, or C. zedoaria, yielding zedoary.

Origin:
1610–20; < Neo-Latin < Arabic kurkum saffron, turmeric; cf. crocus

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curcuma (ˈkɜːkjʊmə)
 
n
any tropical Asian tuberous plant of the genus Curcuma, such as C. longa, which is the source of turmeric, and C. zedoaria, which is the source of zedoary: family Zingiberaceae
 
[C17: from New Latin, from Arabic kurkum turmeric]

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