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.

Origin of caraway

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


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  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

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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