- 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 and New Latin terra merita, turmeric (New Latin, from Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots + merita, feminine past participle of mer&emacron;re, 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").