Curcuma Definition

kûrkyə-mə
noun
Any of a genus (Curcuma) of tropical plants of the ginger family, with thick, tuberous rootstocks that yield starch, including the turmeric.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • genus Curcuma
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Zingiberaceae — about 80 accepted species, including such species as turmeric and Siam tulip.

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Origin of Curcuma

  • New Latin Curcuma genus name from Arabic kurkum saffron

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin, from Arabic كركم (kúrkum, “turmeric”)

    From Wiktionary

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