Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rhizomatous herb (Elettaria cardamomum) native to South Asia, having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice or condiment.
  • noun The capsules or seeds of this plant.
  • noun Any of several plants of the related genus Amomum, used as a substitute for cardamom.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the capsules of different species of plants of the genera Amomum and Elettaria, natural order Zingiberaceæ: generally used in the plural.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The aromatic fruit, or capsule with its seeds, of several plants of the Ginger family growing in the East Indies and elsewhere, and much used as a condiment, and in medicine.
  • noun (Bot.) A rhizomatous herb which produces cardamoms, esp. Elettaria Cardamomum and several species of Amomum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An Indian herb, Elettaria cardamomum
  • noun The aromatic seed of this plant, used as a spice, baking, also in curry powder in Asian and Arabic cuisine, as well as in Northern Europe and in many parts of the world and cultures.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun aromatic seeds used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces
  • noun rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoning

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cardamome, from Old French cardemome, from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon : kardamon, cress + amōmon, an Indian spice.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin cardamomum, from Ancient Greek καρδάμωμο.

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