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curcuma

[kur-kyoo-muh] /ˈkɜr kyʊ mə/
noun
1.
any of various chiefly Old World plants belonging to the genus Curcuma, of the ginger family, as C. domestica, yielding turmeric, or C. zedoaria, yielding zedoary.
Origin of curcuma
1610-1620
1610-20; < New Latin < Arabic kurkum saffron, turmeric; cf. crocus
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curcuma

/ˈkɜːkjʊmə/
noun
1.
any tropical Asian tuberous plant of the genus Curcuma, such as C. longa, which is the source of turmeric, and C. zedoaria, which is the source of zedoary: family Zingiberaceae
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Arabic kurkum turmeric
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