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Meaning of TURMERIC

Pronunciation:  'turmurik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  ground dried rhizome of the turmeric plant used as seasoning
  2. [n]  widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye

TURMERIC is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: Curcuma domestica, Curcuma longa
 See Also: Curcuma, Curcuma domestica, Curcuma longa, flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, genus Curcuma, herb, herbaceous plant, seasoner, seasoning, turmeric, turmeric



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tur"mer*ic\, n. [F. terre-m['e]rite, NL. terramerita,
    turmerica; apparently meaning, excellent earth, but perhaps a
    corruption of Ar. kurkum. Cf. {Curcuma}.]
    1. (Bot.) An East Indian plant of the genus {Curcuma}, of the
       Ginger family.
    2. The root or rootstock of the {Curcuma longa}. It is
       externally grayish, but internally of a deep, lively
       yellow or saffron color, and has a slight aromatic smell,
       and a bitterish, slightly acrid taste. It is used for a
       dye, a medicine, a condiment, and a chemical test.
  2. \Tur"mer*ic\, a. (Chem.)
    Of or pertaining to turmeric; resembling, or obtained from,
    turmeric; specif., designating an acid obtained by the
    oxidation of turmerol.
    {Turmeric paper} (Chem.), paper impregnated with turmeric and
       used as a test for alkaline substances, by which it is
       changed from yellow to brown.
    {Turmeric root}. (Bot.)
    (a) Bloodroot.
    (b) Orangeroot.