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

  • noun A phytochemical found in turmeric and other species in the genus Curcuma that is used in alternative medicine and is purported to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The coloring matter of turmeric.
  • noun A name given to several yellow acid coal-tar colors, as, fast yellow, brilliant yellow, and citronin. Also curcumein.

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

  • noun (Chem.) The coloring principle of turmeric, or curcuma root, extracted as an orange yellow crystalline substance, C14H14O4, with a green fluorescence.

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

  • noun chemistry a polyphenol; the active ingredient of the spice turmeric

Etymologies

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

[curcuma + –in.]

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From New Latin Curcuma, from Arabic كركم (kúrkum, "turmeric")

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