Ras-el-hanout meaning

räs' əl hə-no͝ot'
An aromatic Maghrebi spice blend containing a great variety of ingredients, including dried rose petals and often cardamom or turmeric.

Origin of ras-el-hanout

  • Arabic ra’s al-ḥānūt literally, head of the shop (because the blend contains the best that a spice shop has to offer) ra’s head rℵš in Semitic roots al- the ḥānūt shop (from Aramaic ḥānūtā arched chamber, cell, shop) (from ḥənā to bend x̣ny in Semitic roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition