from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An annual Mediterranean herb (Cuminum cyminum) in the parsley family, having finely divided leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers.
- n. The seedlike fruit of this plant used for seasoning, as in curry and chili powders.
- n. Black cumin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The flowering plant Cuminum cyminum, in the family Apiaceae
- n. Its aromatic long seed, used as a spice, notably in Indian and Mexican cookery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dwarf umbelliferous plant, somewhat resembling fennel (Cuminum Cyminum), cultivated for its seeds, which have a bitterish, warm taste, with an aromatic flavor, and are used like those of anise and caraway.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fennel-like umbelliferous plant, Cuminum Cyminum.
- n. The fruit of this plant, commonly called cumin-seed.
- n. A name of several plants of other genera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dwarf Mediterranean annual long cultivated for its aromatic seeds
- n. aromatic seeds of the cumin herb of the carrot family
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cumīnum, from Greek kumīnon, probably of Semitic origin; see kmn in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Ancient Greek κύμινον (kúminon), itself of Semitic origin; cognate with Old High German kumin, and via Semitic route related to Hebrew כמון (kammon) and Arabic كمون (kammūn). (Wiktionary)