Definition for ceylon cinnamon (2 of 2)
Origin of cinnamon
British Dictionary definitions for ceylon cinnamon
- a light yellowish brown
- (as modifier)a cinnamon coat
Word Origin for cinnamon
Word Origin and History for ceylon cinnamon
late 14c., from Old French cinnamone (13c.), from Latin cinnamum, cinnamomum "cinnamon" (also used as a term of endearment), from Greek kinnamomon, from a Phoenician word akin to Hebrew qinnamon. Stripped from the bark of a tree in the avocado family. Ceylon cinnamon, the true cinnamon, is used in Britain, but American cinnamon is almost always from the related cassia tree of Southeast Asia and is stronger and sweeter.