cardamom[kär′də məm, -mäm′]
A spoonful of cardamom.
- an Asiatic herb (Elettaria cardamomum) of the ginger family
- its seed capsule or seed, used in medicine and as a spice
- any of various related plants which produce similar aromatic compounds
Origin of cardamomClassical Latin cardamomum ; from Classical Greek kardamōmon ; from kardamon, cress + amōmon, an Indian spice plant
- a. A rhizomatous herb (Elettaria cardamomum) native to South Asia, having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice or condiment.b. The capsules or seeds of this plant.
- Any of several plants of the related genus Amomum, used as a substitute for cardamom.
Origin of cardamomMiddle English cardamome, from Old French cardemome, from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon : kardamon, cress + amōmon, an Indian spice.
From Latin cardamomum, from Ancient Greek καρδάμωμο (kardamōmo).