from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A widely cultivated tropical plant (Curcuma domestica) of India, having yellow flowers and an aromatic, somewhat fleshy rhizome.
- n. The powdered rhizome of this plant, used as a condiment and a yellow dye.
- n. Any of several other plants having similar rhizomes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Indian plant, Curcuma longa, with aromatic rhizomes, part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae).
- n. The pulverized rhizome of the turmeric plant, used for stimulation, flavoring and to add a bright yellow color to food.
- n. A yellow to reddish-brown dye extracted from the turmeric plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An East Indian plant of the genus Curcuma, of the Ginger family.
- n. The root or rootstock of the Curcuma longa. It is externally grayish, but internally of a deep, lively yellow or saffron color, and has a slight aromatic smell, and a bitterish, slightly acrid taste. It is used for a dye, a medicine, a condiment, and a chemical test.
- adj. Of or pertaining to turmeric; resembling, or obtained from, turmeric; specif., designating an acid obtained by the oxidation of turmerol.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Australia, either of two species of trees: Zieria Smithii, the stinkwood of Tasmania, which see, under stinkwood ; and Hakea dactyloides, an evergreen shrub of the family Proteaceæ.
- Noting an acid, a compound, C11H14O2, formed by the oxidation of turmerol by means of potassium permanganate.
- n. The rhizome of Curcuma longa, a plant of the ginger family, native and long cultivated in the East Indies.
- n. The plant producing turmeric.
- n. The bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye
- n. ground dried rhizome of the turmeric plant used as seasoning
Alteration of Middle English termeryte, from Old French terre-merite, saffron, from Medieval Latin terra merita : Latin terra, earth; + Latin merita, feminine past participle of merēre, to deserve.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English / early modern English turmeryte, tarmaret, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Middle French terremérite ("worthy earth"). (Wiktionary)