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[kim-uh l; German ky-muh l] /ˈkɪm əl; German ˈkü məl/
a colorless cordial or liqueur flavored with cumin, caraway seeds, etc., made especially in the Baltic area.
Leyden cheese containing caraway seeds.
Origin of kümmel
1880-85; < German Kümmel, Old High German kumil, apparently dissimilated variant of kumin cumin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kummel
Historical Examples
  • Sarelli lifted the kummel bottle and emptied it into his glass, with a steady hand.

  • From a German bake shop get the bread, either "kummel," (which is rye with caraway seeds), or Pumpernickel.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • She never had to sit long in front of the little glass which she discovered to be kummel; the waiter always brought it unasked.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • He insisted upon drinking three glasses of kummel—why had they not poured in maple sirup?

  • kummel—both,” he said to the waiter, and turned his attention to a little paper packet he had taken from his pocket.

  • Sit down in this very comfortable chair, and Jane shall bring you some coffee and kummel.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for kummel


/ˈkʊməl; German ˈkyməl/
a German liqueur flavoured with aniseed and cumin
Word Origin
C19: from German Kümmel, from Old High German kumil, probably variant of kumincumin
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