turmeric

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English[edit]

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Processed turmeric rhizomes

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɜɹ.mə.ɹɪk/, [ˈtʰɝ.mɚ.ɹɪk] or IPA(key): /ˈtuː.mə.ɹɪk/, [ˈtʰu.mɚ.ɹɪk]
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜːmə.ɹɪk/ or IPA(key): /ˈtuːmə.ɹɪk/
  • (also) IPA(key): /ˈtjuːmə.ɹɪk/, /ˈtuː.mɛɚ.(ɹ)ɪk/


Noun[edit]

turmeric ‎(countable and uncountable, 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.
    turmeric 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.