cumin

[ kuhm-uhn, koom-, koo-muhn, kyoo- ]
/ ˈkʌm ən, ˈkʊm-, ˈku mən, ˈkyu- /

noun

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.

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Origin of cumin

before 900; Middle English comyn, cumin (<Old French comin) <Latin cumīnum<Greek kýmīnon<Semitic (compare Arabic kammūn,Hebrew kammōn cumin); replacing Old English cymen<Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for cumin

cumin

cummin

/ (ˈkʌmɪn) /

noun

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 for cumin

C12: from Old French, from Latin cumīnum, from Greek kuminon, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew kammōn
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