turmeric

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English / early modern English turmeryte, tarmaret, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Middle French terremérite (worthy earth).[1][2]

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɜɹ.məɹ.ɪk/, [ˈtʰɝ.mɚɹ.ɪk] or IPA(key): /ˈtuː.məɹ.ɪk/, [ˈtʰu.mɚɹ.ɪk]
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜːməɹɪk/ or IPA(key): /ˈtuːməɹɪk/
  • (also) IPA(key): /ˈtjuːməɹɪk/, /ˈtuː.mɛɚ(ɹ).ɪk/
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Noun[edit]

turmeric (plural turmerics)

  1. An Indian plant, Curcuma longa, with aromatic rhizomes, part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae).
  2. The pulverized rhizome of the turmeric plant, used for stimulation, flavoring and to add a bright yellow color to food.
  3. A yellow to reddish-brown dye extracted from the turmeric plant.
    a turmeric color colour:    

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  1. ^ turmeric” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ turmeric” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.