[ kahr-duh-muhm ]
/ ˈkɑr də məm /
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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.
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Also car·da·mon [kahr-duh-muhn], /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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How to use cardamom in a sentence
Add one chive, one cardamon, two cloves, half a nutmeg and salt to taste.
If you like Cardamon-seeds, you may adde some of them to the spices.
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|Edna Ferber
Cardamon-seeds mingled with the suspended spices, adde much to the pleasantness of the drink.
Variable spelling is preserved as printed, eg cardamon, crême.The Myrtle Reed Cook Book|Myrtle Reed
British Dictionary definitions for cardamom
cardamum cardamon (ˈkɑːdəmən)
/ (ˈkɑːdəməm) /
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 for cardamom
C15: from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon, from kardamon cress + amōmon an Indian spice
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