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[zed-oh-er-ee] /ˈzɛd oʊˌɛr i/
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 of zedoary
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English zeduarye < Medieval Latin zeduāria < Arabic zadwār (< Persian) + Latin -ia -y3 Unabridged
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  • And all carried rue and wormwood in their hands, and myrrh and zedoary in their mouths, as protection against infection.

    Royalty Restored J. Fitzgerald Molloy
British Dictionary definitions for zedoary


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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zedoary in Medicine

zedoary zed·o·ar·y (zěd'ō-ěr'ē)

  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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