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- 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: Classical Latin cardamomum ; from Classical Greek kardamōmon ; from kardamon, cress plush amōmon, an Indian spice plant
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- a. A rhizomatous Indian herb (Elettaria cardamomum) having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice or condiment.b. The seed of this plant.
- Any of several plants of the related genus Amomum, used as a substitute for cardamom.
Origin: Middle English cardamome, from Old French cardemome, from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon : kardamon, cress + amōmon, an Indian spice.