- a small plant, Cuminum cyminum, of the parsley family, bearing aromatic, seedlike fruit, used in cookery and medicine.
- the fruit or seeds of this plant.
Origin of cumin
Examples from the Web for cumin
Within days, grilled lamb skewers spiced with cumin and chili were back on the street.The Chinese Can’t Catch Their Breath
May 5, 2014
“In the mountains, if you need some cumin or potatoes, you just knock on a door,” he said.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
A single meal could include clove, cumin, jalapeños, Madeira, sweet potatoes, and whipped heavy cream.The Best Thanksgiving Wines
November 19, 2010
Add the onions, tomatoes, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, cumin, cloves and cinnamon.Into the Heart of Turkey
September 28, 2010
Cumin, cinnamon, and tart-sweet prunes give this exotic stew North African flavor.What to Eat: One-Pot Meals for a Busy Holiday Season
December 15, 2009
Now you've took it away between you, cumin' aht with it like this.The Pigeon (Third Series Plays)
Mint, Rue, and Cumin have each a delightful flavor of antiquity.A Garden with House Attached
Sarah Warner Brooks
Cumin is mentioned in Scripture as something particularly nice.Cakes & Ale
Tenures of cumin do not appear to have been common in the two counties.Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland
Oil of cumin is a mixture of two oils differing in volatility, and which may be separated by careful distillation.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- an umbelliferous Mediterranean plant, Cuminum cyminum, with finely divided leaves and small white or pink flowers
- the aromatic seeds (collectively) of this plant, used as a condiment and a flavouring
Word Origin and History for cumin
Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kyminon, cognate with Hebrew kammon, Arabic kammun.