- a small herb (Cuminum cyminum) of the umbel family, bearing umbels of small, white or rose flowers
- its aromatic fruits, used for flavoring pickles, soups, etc.
Origin of cuminMiddle English ; from Old French cumin ; from Classical Latin cuminum ; from Classical Greek kyminon ; from Sem, as in Classical Hebrew (language) kamm?n, Arabic kamm?n
Also sp. cum′min
- a. An annual Mediterranean herb (Cuminum cyminum) in the parsley family, having finely divided leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers.b. The seedlike fruit of this plant used for seasoning, as in curry and chili powders.
- Black cumin.
Origin of cuminMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin cum&imacron;num, from Greek kum&imacron;non, probably of Semitic origin; see kmn in Semitic roots.
(usually uncountable, plural cumins)