from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cloverlike Eurasian plant (Trigonella foenum-graecum) having white flowers. Its mildly bitter seeds and aromatic leaves are used as flavorings.
- n. The seeds or leaves of this plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spice made from the seeds of Trigonella foenum-graecum, used in Indian and Thai cooking.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant (trigonella Fœnum Græcum) cultivated for its strong-smelling seeds, which are.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Trigonella Fænum-græcum, an annual leguminous plant indigenous to western Asia, but widely naturalized, and extensively cultivated in Asia, Africa, and some parts of Europe. The mucilaginous seeds are used as food, and also in medicine. Also fænugreek.
- n. See fenugreek.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. aromatic seeds used as seasoning especially in curry
- n. annual herb or southern Europe and eastern Asia having off-white flowers and aromatic seeds used medicinally and in curry
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Her fascinating post explains the variety of ways that fenugreek is used as food: seeds, fresh greens, and dried greens.
The combination of carrots and fenugreek is a popular North-Indian dish.
Dried fenugreek is another herb which adds an instant authenticity to paneer dishes.
(The word fenugreek comes from the Latin for “Greek hay;” in Greece it’s called Trigoniskos – Τριγωνίσκος.)
But Ella, who had put her flat on the market and more or less moved in with him, wanted ginger and garlic and something called fenugreek for what she planned to cook that evening, and this was the only place he knew for certain he could get them.
Methi is the Indian name for the plant that produces the seeds called fenugreek when they're used as a spice.
My standard example is fenugreek, which is ubiquitous in the cuisines of India and surrounding countries but which, because it's virtually unknown in English-speaking countries, is not to be found in the English half of bilingual dictionaries.
But case studies claim fenugreek, which is rich in antioxidants, is significantly more beneficial, especially when taken as a preventative measure.
It is a popular Indian spice, and is also known as fenugreek seeds.