Zedoary

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zedoary (Med) A medicinal substance obtained in the East Indies, having a fragrant smell, and a warm, bitter, aromatic taste. It is used in medicine as a stimulant.☞ It is the rhizome of different species of Curcuma, esp. Curcuma zedoaria, and comes in short, firm pieces, externally of a wrinkled gray, ash-colored appearance, but within of a brownish red color. There are two kinds, round zedoary, and long zedoary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zedoary An East Indian drug, known in two varieties as long and round zedoary. According to some authorities these are both the product of Curcuma Zedoaria (the C. Zerumbet of Roxburgh); according to others, only the long zedoary belongs to this species, the round to C. aromatica (the C. Zedoaria of Roxburgh). Both varieties are aromatic, with a strong camphoraceous flavor and the odor of ginger. In medicine, zedoary acts like ginger, but is less effective. It is used in India in various alterative decoctions and in preparing kinds of incense. The rhizome of C. aromatica, like the related turmeric, is used in dyeing—its chief application.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zedoary zed′ō-ā-ri certain species of curcuma, natives of India, China, &c., whose root-stocks (rhizomes) are aromatic, bitter, pungent, and tonic, and used for similar purposes with ginger—a powerful sudorific.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. zédoaire, LL. zedoaria,; cf. It. zedoaria, zettovario, Pg. zedoaria, Sp. zedoaria, cedoaria,; all fr. Ar. & Per. zedwr,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. Jedwar.

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