[ kuhm-uh n, koo m-, koo-muh n, kyoo- ]
/ ˈkʌm ən, ˈkʊm-, ˈku mən, ˈkyu- /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cumin



/ (ˈkʌmɪn) /


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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