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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of plants of the order Scitamineæ, including the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa).
  • noun (Chem.) See Turmeric paper, under Turmeric.

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

  • noun tropical Asiatic perennial herbs

Etymologies

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

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

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