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  1. a plant, Carum carvi, of the parsley family, native to Europe, having finely divided leaves and umbels of white or pinkish flowers.
  2. Also called caraway seed. the aromatic seedlike fruit of this plant, used in cooking and medicine.
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Origin of caraway

1325–75; Middle English car(a)wai, variant of carwy < Medieval Latin carui < Arabic karawiyāGreek káron caraway


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Examples from the Web for caraway

Historical Examples of caraway

  • The oil of caraway is extracted from the seeds of the carum carui.

    A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines

    Andrew Ure

  • It may be made by the action of iodine on oil of caraway or on camphor.

  • Caraway seeds or ginger can be added, to vary these at pleasure.

  • The seeds are sweet-savoured, something like those of the caraway, but more potent.

    Cakes &amp; Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • The Decatur has gone to Caraway to protect the missionaries there.

British Dictionary definitions for caraway


  1. an umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Carum carvi, having finely divided leaves and clusters of small whitish flowers
  2. caraway seed the pungent aromatic one-seeded fruit of this plant, used in cooking and in medicine
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Word Origin for caraway

C14: probably from Medieval Latin carvi, from Arabic karawyā, from Greek karon
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Word Origin and History for caraway


late 13c., from Old Spanish alcarahuaya, alcaravea, from Arabic al-karawiya, of unknown origin but suspected to be somehow from Greek karon "cumin." Also as Anglo-Latin carvi, Old French carvi.

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