from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An Indian plant (Curcuma zedoaria) having yellow flowers, purple bracts, and starchy tuberous rhizomes.
- n. The dried rhizomes of this plant, used as a condiment and in perfumes, medicines, and cosmetics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Curcuma zedoaria, a perennial herb native to India and Indonesia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A medicinal substance obtained in the East Indies, having a fragrant smell, and a warm, bitter, aromatic taste. It is used in medicine as a stimulant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An East Indian drug, known in two varieties as long and round zedoary.
Middle English zeduarie, from Medieval Latin zeduāria, from Arabic zadwār, from Persian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)