[ kur-kyoo-muh ]
/ ˈkɜr kyʊ mə /


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.


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Origin of curcuma

1610–20; < New Latin < Arabic kurkum saffron, turmeric; cf. crocus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for curcuma

/ (ˈkɜːkjʊmə) /


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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