Definitions

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

  • noun A Eurasian plant (Trigonella foenum-graecum) in the pea family, having white flowers and trifoliolate leaves. Its mildly bitter seeds and aromatic leaves are used as flavorings.
  • noun The seeds or leaves of this plant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Trigonella Fænum-græcum, an annual leguminous plant indigenous to western Asia, but widely naturalized, and extensively cultivated in Asia, Africa, and some parts of Europe. The mucilaginous seeds are used as food, and also in medicine. Also fænugreek.
  • noun See fenugreek.

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

  • noun (Bot.) A plant (trigonella Fœnum Græcum) cultivated for its strong-smelling seeds, which are.

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

  • noun A spice made from the seeds of Trigonella foenum-graecum, used in Indian and Thai cooking.

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

  • noun aromatic seeds used as seasoning especially in curry
  • noun annual herb or southern Europe and eastern Asia having off-white flowers and aromatic seeds used medicinally and in curry

Etymologies

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

[Middle English fenigrek, from Old French fenegrec, from Latin fēnugraecum, from fēnum Graecum : fēnum, hay; see fennel + Graecum, neuter of Graecus, Greek; see Greek.]

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  • a spice made from ground seeds, commonly used in Indian curry dishes.

    February 6, 2007

  • *hork*

    November 12, 2010

  • Hork if you like. It is also used as an herbal supplement by women who need to increase their milk supply.

    November 12, 2010

  • Oh, well in that case....

    *hork*

    November 12, 2010

  • Does it actually work?

    November 12, 2010

  • Horking?

    November 12, 2010

  • *chortle*

    November 12, 2010

  • I never tried it. My lactation consultant told me that in her experience working with nursing moms over the years, it hasn't usually resulted in gaining more than around an ounce a day--and while that sounds like a lot, if you're struggling to produce enough milk for your baby, there are other methods that seem to work better for more people. Of course, some women swear by it, so... *shrug*

    November 16, 2010

  • I don't know anything about lactating or consulting, but I sure do like this word.

    Plinth.

    Fenugreek.

    Plinth.

    Fenugreek.

    November 16, 2010

  • Don't get me wrong--I have no problem with lactation, consultants, plinths, or even the word "fenugreek." It's the taste of fenugreek that makes me want to hork.

    November 16, 2010