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Curcuma domestica


a widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye


plant noun (plants and fungi)




Curcuma domestica*
(* Curcuma domestica may be used in a singular or plural context)

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Princeton WordNet




Curcuma longa [species] | turmeric | C. domestica [abbreviation, species] | C. longa [abbreviation, species]

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Turmeric | Curcuma longa [species] | Curcurma domestica [Valeton, species]

/ˈtɜrmərɪk/ is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It's native to tropical South Asia and needs temperatures between 20°C and 30°C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are... (36 of 2764 words, 5 images)


American Heritage Dictionary:

turmeric | Curcuma domestica [species, sense-specific]

A widely cultivated tropical plant "(Curcuma domestica") of India, having yellow flowers and an aromatic, somewhat fleshy rhizome. | The powdered ... (20 of 83 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)



turmeric | Curcuma longa [species, sense-specific] | Curcuma domestica [synonym, species, sense-specific]

an Indian perennial herb of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome | the boiled, dried, and usually ground rhizome of the turmeric ... (24 of 76 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

turmeric | Curcuma domestica [species, sense-specific]

the aromatic rhizome of an Asian plant (or "C. longa"), of the ginger family. | a powder prepared from it, used as a condiment, as in curry powder, or ... (28 of 56 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

turmeric [plant] | Curcuma longa [species]

perennial herbaceous plant of the ginger family, the tuberous rhizomes, or underground stems, of which have been used from antiquity as a condiment, a ... (24 of 254 words, 2 images)


Collins Dictionary:

turmeric | Curcuma longa [species, sense-specific]

a tropical Asian zingiberaceous planthaving yellow flowers and an aromatic underground stem | the powdered stem of this plant, used as a condiment and ... (23 of 389 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

turmeric | haldi [Indian] | Curcuma longa [species, sense-specific] | Zingiberaceae [family, member, sense-specific]

a bright yellow aromatic powder obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the ... | the Asian plant from which turmeric is obtained... (23 of 112 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

turmeric | Curcuma longa [species, sense-specific]

an East Indian plant of the ginger family, whose rhizome in powdered form ... | any of several other plants having tuberous rhizomes (22 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)



turmeric | turmerics [plural] | E100 [synonym, sense-specific] | Curcuma longa [species, sense-specific]

An Indian plant with aromatic rhizomes, part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). | The pulverized rhizome of the turmeric plant, used for stimulation, flavoring and to add a bright yellow color to food. | A yellow to reddish-brown dye extracted from... (39 of 64 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

ginger | Zingiber officinale [species] | cardamom | turmeric

common name for members of the Zingiberaceae, a family of tropical and subtropical perennial herbs, chiefly of Indomalaysia. The aromatic oils of many ... (23 of 143 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

turmeric [uncountable]

a yellow powder used when cooking for adding flavour and colour to food, especially curry. Turmeric is a spice. (19 of 43 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


a yellow powder which is used as a spice to flavour particular foods, especially curry, and give them a yellow colour. It's made from the root of an ... (28 of 36 words, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

turmeric | turmerics [plural]

a yellow spice made from the dried rhizomes of an Asian plant. Use: cooking, yellow dye. | a tropical Asian plant of the ginger family with yellow ... (26 of 66 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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