- the aromatic seed capsules of a tropical Asian plant, Elettaria cardamomum, of the ginger family, used as a spice or condiment and in medicine.
- the plant itself.
- a related plant, Amomum compactum, or its seeds, used as a substitute for true cardamom.
Origin of cardamom
Examples from the Web for cardamom
RHUBY is a heady blend of rhubarb, beets, carrots, and cardamom.Art in the Age: Ex-Ad Man Steven Grasse’s Wonderfully Weird Spirits
August 4, 2012
Eaten all over India, kulfi comes in such flavors as pistachio, cardamom, mango, and saffron.What to Eat: Indian Dinner
October 27, 2009
Bruise the cardamom pods with the back of a knife to release the seeds, and add to the pan, giving a stir as you do so.Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Easy Trifle
The Daily Beast
December 23, 2008
The dish was seasoned with salt, pepper, cardamom, and sumach.Our Little Turkish Cousin
Mary Hazelton Wade
Columbian spirits, caramel, cinnamon and cardamom, and a touch of the buchu.The Clarion
Samuel Hopkins Adams
The natives spread over the leaf a little slaked-lime, and place at one end a small piece of areca-nut and cardamom.Old Jack
On the Cardamom Hills there may still exist a tribe of dwarfs, of which very little is known.
At the season of the cardamom crop, they come down to the plains once a week with the produce.
cardamum cardamon (ˈkɑːdəmən)
- a tropical Asian zingiberaceous plant, Elettaria cardamomum, that has large hairy leaves
- the seeds of this plant, used esp as a spice or condiment
- a related East Indian plant, Amomum cardamomum, whose seeds are used as a substitute for cardamom seeds
Word Origin and History for cardamom
1550s, from French cardamome, from Latin cardamomum, from Greek kardamomon, from kardamon "cress" (of unknown origin) + amomon "spice plant." The word was in English from late 14c. in Latin form.