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[as-er-uh m]
noun Chemistry.
  1. the dried rhizome and roots of wild ginger that yield an acrid resin and a volatile, aromatic oil, used chiefly as a flavoring.
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Origin of asarum

< Latin < Greek ásaron hazelwort, wild spikenard
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Historical Examples of asarum

  • True ginger must not be confounded with "wild ginger," which is a small herbaceous plant (Asarum canadense) of the United States.

    Birds and all Nature, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1899


  • The long, slender rhizomes of Asarum have a pungent, aromatic taste similar to ginger.

  • It also feeds upon wild ginger or Asarum and probably upon other plants.

British Dictionary definitions for asarum


  1. the dried strong-scented root of the wild ginger plant: a flavouring agent and source of an aromatic oil used in perfumery, formerly used in medicine
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Word Origin for asarum

C19: via New Latin from Latin: hazelwort, from Greek asaron
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