curcuma

[kur-kyoo-muh]
noun
  1. any of various chiefly Old World plants belonging to the genus Curcuma, of the ginger family, as C. domestica, yielding turmeric, or C. zedoaria, yielding zedoary.

Origin of curcuma

1610–20; < New Latin < Arabic kurkum saffron, turmeric; cf. crocus
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curcuma

noun
  1. any tropical Asian tuberous plant of the genus Curcuma, such as C. longa, which is the source of turmeric, and C. zedoaria, which is the source of zedoary: family Zingiberaceae

Word Origin for curcuma

C17: from New Latin, from Arabic kurkum turmeric
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