- 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
- 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 whole or ground for seasoning, as in curry and chili powders.
- Black cumin.
Origin of cuminMiddle English from Old French from Latin cumīnum from Greek kumīnon probably of Semitic origin kmn
Usage Note: Historically, cumin was pronounced (kŭm′ĭn), where the first syllable is like the word come. However, in our 2012 survey, only 15 percent of the Usage Panel found this pronunciation acceptable and less than 2 percent remarked that it was their preferred pronunciation, suggesting that the traditional form is being supplanted by (ky&oomac;′mĭn) and (k&oomac;′mĭn), where the first syllable is like the word cue or coo.
(usually uncountable, plural cumins)