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zedoary

[zed-oh-er-ee] /ˈzɛd oʊˌɛr i/
noun
1.
an East Indian drug consisting of the rhizome of either of two species of curcuma, Curcuma zedoaria or C. aromatica, used as a stimulant.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English zeduarye < Medieval Latin zeduāria < Arabic zadwār (< Persian) + Latin -ia -y3
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zedoary

/ˈzɛdəʊərɪ/
noun
1.
the dried rhizome of the tropical Asian plant Curcuma zedoaria, used as a stimulant and a condiment: family Zingiberaceae
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin zedoaria, from Arabic zadwār, of Persian origin
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zed-oary in Medicine

zedoary zed·o·ar·y (zěd'ō-ěr'ē)
n.

  1. An Indian plant that has yellow flowers, purple bracts, and starchy tuberous rhizomes.

  2. The dried rhizomes of this plant that are used as a condiment as well as in perfumes, medicines, and cosmetics.

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