• WordNet 3.6
    • n cumin aromatic seeds of the cumin herb of the carrot family
    • n cumin dwarf Mediterranean annual long cultivated for its aromatic seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although the combination of chili peppers and oregano for seasoning has been traced to the ancient Aztecs, the present blend is said to be the invention of early Texans. Chili powder today is typically a blend of dried chilies, garlic powder, red peppers, oregano, and cumin.
    • n Cumin (Bot) A dwarf umbelliferous plant, somewhat resembling fennel (Cuminum Cyminum), cultivated for its seeds, which have a bitterish, warm taste, with an aromatic flavor, and are used like those of anise and caraway. "Rank-smelling rue, and cumin good for eyes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cumin A fennel-like umbelliferous plant, Cuminum Cyminum. It is an annual, found wild in Egypt and Syria, and cultivated time out of mind for the sake of its fruit. See def. 2.
    • n cumin The fruit of this plant, commonly called cumin-seed. This fruit is agreeably aromatic, and, like that of caraway, dill, anise, etc, possesses well-marked stimulating and carminative properties. It is used in India as a condiment and as a constituent of curry-powder.
    • n cumin A name of several plants of other genera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cumin kum′in an umbelliferous plant, common in Egypt, and cultivated in southern Europe and India—its seeds, resembling the caraway, valuable as carminatives.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE.comin, AS. cymen, fr. L. cuminum, Gr. ; of Semitic origin, cf. Ar. kammn, Heb. kammn,; cf. OF. comin, F. cumin,. Cf. Kummel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cuminum—Gr. kyminon, cog. with Heb. kammôn.


In literature:

Well, now, that's cumin' of it a little too strong.
"The Professor at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
Warn't de Lord jes' a cumin' chow!
"The Gilded Age, Part 1." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner
Previs to cumin over hear I tawt my organist how to grind Rule Brittany and other airs which is poplar on British Sile.
"The Complete Works of Artemus Ward" by Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
De slaves were punished fore cumin' in too soon and unhitching de horses.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Lieutenant Cumin was buried in the evening in Lydenburg cemetery.
"The Record of a Regiment of the Line" by M. Jacson
The jintan or cumin-seed (cuminum) is sometimes an ingredient in curries.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Coriander, Leek, Cumin, Onion.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
AUFRECHT, Professor, 12, Cumin Place, Grange, Edinburgh.
"Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue" by Alexander Hume
Seven chiefs of the Cherokee nations of Indians in America were brought to England by sir Alexander Cumin.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Cumin is a native of Egypt.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
They hold a tight rein over recreations and keep their mint-and-cumin tithes by double-entry.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
There is a small export of black cumin seed from Cyprus.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
Saffron and Cumin Seed.
"The Curry Cook's Assistant" by Daniel Santiagoe
It must be now dat de kingdom's cumin In de year ob jubilo.
"Nurse and Spy in the Union Army" by S. Emma E. Edmonds
Cumin is mentioned in Isaiah xxviii.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
Mint, Rue, and Cumin have each a delightful flavor of antiquity.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks
Oi belayve th' two av thim's cumin' up to wanst.
"Connie Morgan in Alaska" by James B. Hendryx
Anise, cumin, fennel, mint, and mustard were raised everywhere.
"The Private Life of the Romans" by Harold Whetstone Johnston
A rain is cumin' from the northeast and it'll be nasty.
"Fighting Byng" by A. Stone

In news:

I traveled to Cuba in 1998 and, at the tables of several families there, tasted food I still savor: pork marinated in fresh orange juice, cumin and garlic.
Masoor dal with cumin seed oil .
Sonoran -style steak marinated and grilled to juicy perfection — the flavor is slightly sweet from the citrus marinade (laced with cumin and chiles) and smoky (from a hot mesquite grill).
Garden Tomato Soup with Cumin.
The cumin adds just a touch of the exotic—but don't worry.
1 Italian bread, cut in slices 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups White Jasmine Cumin Cheese , grated 2 large tomatoes, sliced.
Add cumin, soy sauce, thyme and granulated garlic to the pork chops and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour.
Cumin Lamb Stir-Fry, 3 to 4 servings.
Carrots spiced with cumin – a side dish kids and adults can love.
Oven Pumpkin Fries With Cumin, Feta Cheese and Pepitas.
Cumin lamb stir- fry .
Cumin Lamb Stir- Fry , 3 to 4 servings.
Ground cumin, or to taste ¼ tsp.
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin.