Origin: earlier also tormerik < MFr terre-mérite < ML terra merita, lit., deserved (or deserving) earth < ?
See turmeric in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Alteration of Middle English termeryte
Origin: , from Old French terre-merite, saffron
Origin: , from Medieval Latin terra merita
Origin: : Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + Latin merita
Origin: , feminine past participle of merēre, to deserve; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.
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