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turmeric

[tur-mer-ik] /ˈtɜr mər ɪk/
noun
1.
the aromatic rhizome of an Asian plant, Curcuma domestica (or C. longa), of the ginger family.
2.
a powder prepared from it, used as a condiment, as in curry powder, or as a yellow dye, a medicine, etc.
3.
the plant itself.
4.
any of various similar substances or plants.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; earlier tarmaret < Medieval Latin terra merita merited earth, unexplained name for curcuma
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British Dictionary definitions for turmeric

turmeric

/ˈtɜːmərɪk/
noun
1.
a tropical Asian zingiberaceous plant, Curcuma longa, having yellow flowers and an aromatic underground stem
2.
the powdered stem of this plant, used as a condiment and as a yellow dye
3.
any of several other plants with similar roots
Word Origin
C16: from Old French terre merite, from Medieval Latin terra merita, literally: meritorious earth, name applied for obscure reasons to curcuma
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Word Origin and History for turmeric
n.

pungent powder made from the root of an East Indian plant, 1530s, from Middle English turmeryte (early 15c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Middle French terremérite "saffron," from Medieval Latin terra merita, literally "worthy earth," though the reason why it would be called this is obscure.

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