[ zed-oh-er-ee ]
/ ˈzɛd oʊˌɛr i /


an East Indian drug consisting of the rhizome of either of two species of curcuma, Curcuma zedoaria or C. aromatica, used as a stimulant.

Origin of zedoary

1425–75; late Middle English zeduarye < Medieval Latin zeduāria < Arabic zadwār (< Persian) + Latin -ia -y3
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Examples from the Web for zedoary

  • And all carried rue and wormwood in their hands, and myrrh and zedoary in their mouths, as protection against infection.

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British Dictionary definitions for zedoary

/ (ˈzɛdəʊərɪ) /


the dried rhizome of the tropical Asian plant Curcuma zedoaria, used as a stimulant and a condiment: family Zingiberaceae

Word Origin for zedoary

C15: from Medieval Latin zedoaria, from Arabic zadwār, of Persian origin
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Medicine definitions for zedoary

[ zĕdō-ĕr′ē ]


An Indian plant that has yellow flowers, purple bracts, and starchy tuberous rhizomes.
The dried rhizomes of this plant that are used as a condiment as well as in perfumes, medicines, and cosmetics.
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