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

  • n. A rhizomatous Indian herb (Elettaria cardamomum) having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice or condiment.
  • n. The seed of this plant.
  • n. Any of several plants of the related genus Amomum, used as a substitute for cardamom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Indian herb, Elettaria cardamomum
  • n. The aromatic seed of this plant, used as a spice, baking, also in curry powder in Asian and Arabic cuisine, as well as in Northern Europe and in many parts of the world and cultures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The aromatic fruit, or capsule with its seeds, of several plants of the Ginger family growing in the East Indies and elsewhere, and much used as a condiment, and in medicine.
  • n. A rhizomatous herb which produces cardamoms, esp. Elettaria Cardamomum and several species of Amomum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the capsules of different species of plants of the genera Amomum and Elettaria, natural order Zingiberaceæ: generally used in the plural.

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

  • n. aromatic seeds used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces
  • n. rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoning


Middle English cardamome, from Old French cardemome, from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon : kardamon, cress + amōmon, an Indian spice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cardamomum, from Ancient Greek καρδάμωμο. (Wiktionary)



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