Turmeric definition

tûrmər-ĭk, to͝o-
A yellow to reddish-brown dye extracted from the turmeric plant.

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A widely cultivated tropical plant (Curcuma longa) of India, having yellow flowers and an aromatic, somewhat fleshy rhizome.
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The powdered rhizome of this plant, used as a spice and a yellow dye.
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Any of several other plants having similar rhizomes.
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Any of several other plants having tuberous rhizomes.
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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.
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Its aromatic rhizome or the powder made from it.
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An Indian plant, Curcuma longa, with aromatic rhizomes, part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae).
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The pulverized rhizome of the turmeric plant, used for stimulation, flavoring and to add a bright yellow color to food.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
turmeric
Plural:
turmerics

Origin of turmeric

  • Alteration of Middle English termeryte akin to French terre mérite New Latin terra merita turmeric (New Latin, from Latin terra earth ters- in Indo-European roots) (merita) (feminine past participle of merēre to deserve (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots)

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

  • From Middle English / early modern English turmeryte, tarmaret, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Middle French terremérite (“worthy earth").

    From Wiktionary