- 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.
Also car·da·mon [kahr-duh-muh n] /ˈkɑr də mən/, car·da·mum.
Origin of cardamom
1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin cardamōmum < Greek kardámōnon, blend of kárdamon cress and ámōmon a spice plant
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Examples from the Web for cardamon
Add one chive, one cardamon, two cloves, half a nutmeg and salt to taste.
Your pa in his day ate three carloads of cardamon seeds and cloves and used listerine by the barrel.In Our Town
William Allen White
Color the liquid yellow with a little turmeric; add salt, six cloves, two cardamon seeds, and twelve pepper berries.
The butter also is omitted at the last, but the almond, rose water, and cardamon seed are usually added.
I'm sure she had cardamon seeds in her shabby bag, and a carriage with a crest on it waiting for her just around the corner.Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed
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
C15: from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon, from kardamon cress + amōmon an Indian spice
Word Origin and History for cardamon
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper