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curcuma

[kur-kyoo-muh] /ˈkɜr kyʊ mə/
noun
1.
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
1610-1620
1610-20; < New Latin < Arabic kurkum saffron, turmeric; cf. crocus
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curcuma

/ˈkɜːkjʊmə/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Arabic kurkum turmeric
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