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

  • n. Any of various tropical Asian plants of the genus Curcuma, which includes turmeric and zedoary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants of the order Scitamineæ, including the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Curcuma.
  • n. A genus of plants, natural order Scitamineæ.

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

  • n. tropical Asiatic perennial herbs


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

New Latin Curcuma, genus name, from Arabic kurkum, saffron.


  • It appears to have been domesticated in prehistoric times in India, probably for its deep yellow pigment curcuma comes from the Sanskrit for “yellow”.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Add a little more curcuma and you'll see that the colours will turn really bright.

    colourful pasta

  • You put all of the above in a frying pan until it looks and smells yummy and then you start adding the following ingredients: a bit of milk, some curcuma or turmeric (also known as koenjit), some ginger, some sugar or other sweetener (ginger syrop works nicely!) and some garlic and salt if you want.

    colourful pasta

  • People in Oaxaca use the turmeric or curcuma as a dye for the wool they use to make carpets.

    camote azafran

  • What they call saffron in Chiapas is curcuma or turmeric sometimes with chili.

    Indian/Arab Ingredients in Mexico

  • In India it is composed of rice flower or powdered bark of the mango, Deodar (uvaria longifolia), Sandalwood, lign-aloes or curcuma (zerumbat or zedoaria) with rose-flowers, camphor, civet and anise-seed.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Would curcuma be a good suplement to take for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Are antioxidants harmful? | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Astrid talked about lime for her WHB recipe of Lime Chicken Wings and Carrot-Garlic Rice, but when I didn't know what curcuma was also called turmeric she also added some interesting information about it too.

    Weekend Herb Blogging #72 Recap The Seasons are Changing?

  • Both sexes paint themselves with a mixture of the root of the turmeric plant (curcuma longa) and cocoa-nut oil, which frequently changed our clothes and persons of an icteroid hue, from _our_ curiosity to mingle with them in the villages -- _theirs_ to come on board the ship.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 579, December 8, 1832

  • Then came the spouses of the grandees with the Queen, who showered them with rice - powder mixed with amber and musk, and poured on their heads spikenard and _curcuma_ (turmeric).

    Malayan Literature


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