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cumin


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cumin  \Cum"in\  (k?m"?n),  n.  [OE.  comin,  AS  cymen,  fr  L. 
  cuminum,  Gr.???????;  of  Semitic  origin,  cf  Ar  kamm?n,  Heb. 
  kamm?n;  cf  OF  comin,  F.  cumin.  Cf  {Kummel}.]  (Bot.) 
  A  dwarf  umbelliferous  plant,  somewhat  resembling  fennel 
  ({Cuminum  Cyminum}),  cultivated  for  its  seeds,  which  have  a 
  bitterish,  warm  taste,  with  an  aromatic  flavor,  and  are  used 
  like  those  of  anise  and  caraway.  [Written  also  {cummin}.] 
 
  Rank-smelling  rue,  and  cumin  good  for  eyes.  --Spenser. 
 
  {Black  cumin}  (Bot.),  a  plant  ({Nigella  sativa})  with  pungent 
  seeds,  used  by  the  Afghans,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cumin 
  n  1:  dwarf  Mediterranean  annual  long  cultivated  for  its  aromatic 
  seeds  [syn:  {Cuminum  cyminum}] 
  2:  aromatic  seeds  of  the  cumin  herb  of  the  carrot  family  [syn: 
  {cumin  seed}] 




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