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[fen-yoo-greek, fen-oo-]
  1. a plant, Trigonella foenum-graecum, of the legume family, indigenous to western Asia, but extensively cultivated elsewhere, chiefly for forage and for its mucilaginous seeds, which are used in medicine.
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Origin of fenugreek

before 1000; Middle English fenugrek, Old English fēnogrēcum < Latin fēnum Graecum literally, Greek hay. See fennel
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  • Ground into flour and mixed with Fenugreek seed, it is baked into bread.

    The Khedive's Country

    George Manville Fenn

  • A good tonic powder is: two drams of gentian, two drams of ginger, one-half dram of fenugreek.

    Riding and Driving

    Edward L. Anderson

  • Fenugreek” sounds evil; and I should say a curry compounded of the above ingredients would taste like a “Number One” pick-me-up.

    Cakes &amp; Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • Methi, or Fenugreek, grows at all seasons, except from the 15th of November to the 12th of January.

    An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal

    Fancis Buchanan Hamilton

  • Poultices of meal of various descriptions were commonly employed, linseed or fenugreek being the favourite media.

British Dictionary definitions for fenugreek


  1. an annual heavily scented Mediterranean leguminous plant, Trigonella foenum-graecum, with hairy stems and white flowers: cultivated for forage and for its medicinal seeds
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Word Origin

Old English fēnogrēcum, from Latin fenum Graecum literally: Greek hay
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Word Origin and History for fenugreek


Old English fenograecum, from Latin faenugraecum, literally "Greek hay," from faenum (see fennel) + Graecum. The modern form in English is from Middle French fenugrec.

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