from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A biennial Eurasian herb (Carum carvi) in the parsley family, having finely divided leaves and clusters of small, white or pinkish flowers.
  • n. The seedlike fruit of this plant, widely used as a flavoring and seasoning in various foods. Also called caraway seed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A biennial plant, Carum carvi, native to Europe and Asia, mainly grown for its seed to be used as a culinary spice.
  • n. The seed-like fruit of the caraway plant.
  • n. A cake or sweetmeat containing caraway seeds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A biennial plant of the Parsley family (Carum Carui). The seeds have an aromatic smell, and a warm, pungent taste. They are used in cookery and confectionery, and also in medicine as a carminative.
  • n. A cake or sweetmeat containing caraway seeds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A biennial plant, Carum Carui, of the natural order Umbelliferœ, with a tapering root like a parsnip, which when young is used as food, but has a very strong flavor.
  • n. The Nigella sativa or black caraway, a ranunculaceous plant of southern Europe, the seeds of which are aromatic and used for the same purposes as common caraway.
  • n. Collectively, the seeds of the caraway.
  • n. A kind of sweet cake or comfit containing caraway-seeds.
  • n. A kind of apple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Eurasian plant with small white flowers yielding caraway seed
  • n. leaves used sparingly in soups and stews


Middle English carewei, from Old French carvi, caroi, probably from Medieval Latin carvi, carwi, ultimately from Arabic karawyā, from Greek karō.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French carvi, from Medieval Latin carui, from Arabic كمون, probably from Ancient Greek κύμινο (Wiktionary)



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