- an Asian 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 kardam?mon from kardamon, cress + am?mon, an Indian spice plant
- a. A rhizomatous herb (Elettaria cardamomum) native to South Asia, having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice.b. The capsules or seeds of this plant, used especially in South and Southeast Asian cuisine and in baked goods. Also called In both subsenses, also called green cardamom .
- Black cardamom.
Origin of cardamomMiddle English cardamome from Old French cardemome from Latin cardamōmum from Greek kardamōmon probably haplology for kardamamōmom kardamon garden cress (of Near Eastern origin) (Akkadian kuddimmu garden cress, whose seeds are used as a condiment and spice in Asian cuisines ) amōmon an Indian spice, probably black cardamom Akkadian &hlowbrev;amīmu and Aramaic həmāmā an aromatic, perhaps a kind of cardamom
From Latin cardamomum, from Ancient Greek καρδάμωμο (kardamōmo).