from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal variant of hang.
  • n. An East Indian name for asafetida.


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  • Turns out I was wrong. Hing is indeed asafoetida.

    The tamil word for it is Perungaayam. பெர�?ங�?காயம�?

    December 16, 2007

  • Most puritans/religious fundamentalist consider asafoetida as evil. It stimulates the "tamasik" quality in men and that's a bad thing, apparently.

    December 16, 2007

  • I'm not sure. I think it is ginger. The Tamil word for ginger is (H)Inji (இஞ�?சி/இந�?ஜி)

    Let me check.

    December 16, 2007

  • I'm told it is another name for asafoetida.

    December 16, 2007

  • hing is also I, when I have a couple of screws loose

    Or, is that unhing-ed?

    December 16, 2007

  • hing is ginger

    December 16, 2007

  • A spice, often used in Hare Krishna cooking as a substitute for onion or garlic which are considered 'un-bonafide' ingredients.

    December 16, 2007