• WordNet 3.6
    • n Curcuma tropical Asiatic perennial herbs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Curcuma (Bot) A genus of plants of the order Scitamineæ, including the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curcuma A plant of the genus Curcuma.
    • n curcuma A genus of plants, natural order Scitamineæ. They have perennial tuberous roots and annual stems, and the flowers are in spikes with concave bracts. Some with bright-colored reddish or yellow flowers are found in hothouses. C. Zedoaria furnishes the zedoary of the shops. The colorless roots of C. angustifolia and C. leucorrhiza furnish a kind of starch sometimes called East Indian arrowroot. The root of C. Amada (mango-ginger), a native of Bengal, is used in the same way as ginger. C. longa yields turmeric, a mildly aromatic substance, employed medicinally in India, and forming an ingredient in the composition of curry-powder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Curcuma kur′kū-ma a genus of plants yielding turmeric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F., It., & Sp. curcuma,; all fr. Ar. kurkum,. Cf. Turmeric
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Ar. kurkum, saffron.


In literature:

An alcohol solution turns curcuma test paper brown.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
Other changes of vegetables from climate, or other causes, are remarked in the Note on Curcuma in the same work.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
Turmeric (curcuma) is a root of general use.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The nitrocellulose is made from curcuma.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In news:

Hidden Ginger (Curcuma petiolata) hides a lovely delicate bloom deep in its luxuriant leaves.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice, a major ingredient in Indian curries, and the source of American mustard's bright yellow color.