- an East Indian plant (Curcuma longa) of the ginger family, whose rhizome in powdered form is used as a yellow dye or a seasoning, and in medicine
- its aromatic rhizome or the powder made from it
- any of several other plants having tuberous rhizomes
Origin of turmericearlier also tormerik from Middle French terre-mérite from Medieval Latin terra merita, literally , deserved (or deserving) earth from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A widely cultivated tropical plant (Curcuma longa) of India, having yellow flowers and an aromatic, somewhat fleshy rhizome.
- The powdered rhizome of this plant, used as a spice and a yellow dye.
- Any of several other plants having similar rhizomes.
Origin of turmericAlteration of Middle English termeryte akin to French terre mérite New Latin terra merita turmeric ( New Latin, from Latin terra earth ; see ters- in Indo-European roots.) ( merita ) ( feminine past participle of merēre to deserve ; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.)
From Middle English / early modern English turmeryte, tarmaret, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Middle French terremÃ©rite (“worthy earth").