- a plant, Carum carvi, of the parsley family, native to Europe, having finely divided leaves and umbels of white or pinkish flowers.
- Also called caraway seed. the aromatic seedlike fruit of this plant, used in cooking and medicine.
Origin of caraway
1325–75; Middle English car(a)wai, variant of carwy < Medieval Latin carui < Arabic karawiyā ≪ Greek káron caraway
- Hattie Ophelia Wyatt,1878–1950, U.S. politician: first elected woman senator, from Arkansas, 1932.
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Examples from the Web for caraway
The oil of caraway is extracted from the seeds of the carum carui.
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 & Ale
The Decatur has gone to Caraway to protect the missionaries there.Journal of an African Cruiser
- an umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Carum carvi, having finely divided leaves and clusters of small whitish flowers
- caraway seed the pungent aromatic one-seeded fruit of this plant, used in cooking and in medicine
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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