[ zed-oh-er-ee ]
/ ˈzɛd oʊˌɛr i /
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an East Indian drug consisting of the rhizome of either of two species of curcuma, Curcuma zedoaria or C. aromatica, used as a stimulant.
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Origin of zedoary
1425–75; late Middle English zeduarye<Medieval Latin zeduāria<Arabic zadwār (<Persian ) + Latin -ia-y3
Words nearby zedoary
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Example sentences from the Web for zedoary
Cetewale is generally explained as the herb valerian, but is certainly zedoary; see the Glossary.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
And all carried rue and wormwood in their hands, and myrrh and zedoary in their mouths, as protection against infection.Royalty Restored|J. Fitzgerald Molloy
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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Medical definitions for zedoary
[ zĕd′ō-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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