• WordNet 3.6
    • n turmeric ground dried rhizome of the turmeric plant used as seasoning
    • n turmeric widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Turmeric (Bot) An East Indian plant of the genus Curcuma, of the Ginger family.
    • a Turmeric (Chem) Of or pertaining to turmeric; resembling, or obtained from, turmeric; specif., designating an acid obtained by the oxidation of turmerol.
    • Turmeric The root or rootstock of the Curcuma longa. It is externally grayish, but internally of a deep, lively yellow or saffron color, and has a slight aromatic smell, and a bitterish, slightly acrid taste. It is used for a dye, a medicine, a condiment, and a chemical test.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turmeric In Australia, either of two species of trees: Zieria Smithii, the stinkwood of Tasmania, which see, under stinkwood ; and Hakea dactyloides, an evergreen shrub of the family Proteaceæ.
    • turmeric Noting an acid, a compound, C11H14O2, formed by the oxidation of turmerol by means of potassium permanganate.
    • n turmeric The rhizome of Curcuma longa, a plant of the ginger family, native and long cultivated in the East Indies. It has a central ovoid body and lateral elongated tubers, called respectively round and long turmeric, formerly supposed to come from different species. Turmeric is of a deep brownish or greenish yellow, inwardly orange, of a resinous consistence and peculiar aromatic odor. It is prepared for use by grinding. In India it is most largely employed as a condiment, particularly as an ingredient in curry-powders. It has the property of an aromatic stimulant, and is there given internally for various troubles, and applied externally for skin-diseases. In western countries its chief use (now declining) has been that of a dye-stuff, in which capacity it affords beautiful but fugitive shades of yellow; at present a leading use is in the preparation of a test-paper called turmeric-paper or curcumapaper. The coloring matter is called curcumin; and the oil to which its aromatic taste and smell are due, turmeric-oil or turmerol. Sometimes called Indian saffron. The Hindu name is huldee.
    • n turmeric The plant producing turmeric.
    • n turmeric The bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turmeric tur′mėr-ik the rhizome or root-stock of Curcuma longa, a handsome herbaceous plant cultivated all over India, its yellowish tubers yielding a deep-yellow powder used as a chemical test for the presence of alkalies.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. terre-mérite, NL. terramerita, turmerica,; apparently meaning, excellent earth, but perhaps a corruption of Ar. kurkum,. Cf. Curcuma
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Fr. terre-mérite—as if from L. terra, earth, and merita, deserved; both prob. corr. from an Oriental name.


In literature:

Turmeric, 13, 63, 120, 189.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
They sell tobacco, turmeric, salt, and other commodities.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
When these are used, the product is frequently colored with turmeric, a harmless vegetable coloring material.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Turmeric, 165, 166, 167.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Some turmeric powder is also thrown on their faces.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
In the south sugar and turmeric are the staples.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
Mustard with flour and turmeric.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
On Che' Burok's arrival in camp, the head was salted, as Che' Jahya's had been, and, like his, it was also smeared with turmeric.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
A beautiful yellow may be formed from the tincture of turmeric, made in the same way.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
You may then put it in glasses or dishes, and colour with turmeric.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
In a separate pot he was already boiling lentils, together with a yellow spice he called turmeric.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
The inferior one is the old-fashioned turmeric, with tartaric acid.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 4, April, 1852" by Various
Put seeds and turmeric in vinegar and boil, pour over the ingredients while hot.
"Cloud City Cook-Book" by Mrs. William H. Nash
Was there raw turmeric among thy food-stuffs?
"Kim" by Rudyard Kipling
They also offer betel leaves, on which turmeric and kunkumam have been placed.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
This fish was known to the ancients, who esteemed it a royal fare, when dressed with mead, parsley, turmeric, and mint.
"Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
For this purpose, what more effectual than red pepper and turmeric?
"From the Five Rivers" by Flora Annie Steel
Yellow kedgeree includes eggs, and is coloured by turmeric.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
The turmeric communicates a fine yellow color.
"Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book" by Eliza Leslie
First fell from it a heap of turmeric or saffron.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell

In news:

Or it smells like turmeric, mint or unrefrigerated meat.
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Turmeric tames one reader's unruly wart.
In Vienna, Turmeric is putting out healthy—and flavor-packed—Indian cooking.
Turmeric 's tandoori chicken arrives vividly spiced.
Turmeric extract may protect heart after surgery, study suggests.
Commonly used as a spice in South Asian cooking, turmeric also has medicinal benefits.
1 Tbs Turmeric 1 Tbs Curry poewder 1 tsp kosher salt.
Extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may help ward off heart attacks in people who have had recent bypass surgery, according to a study from Thailand.
Turmeric extracts have long been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.
And turmeric fights psoriasis for chronic sufferer.
1 tablespoon (15 mL) curry powder (or if you don't like your dip too spicy, use 1 teaspoon (5 mL) each of coriander, cumin and turmeric instead).
Turmeric is a major player.
From there, Lobato added pickled onions—touched with turmeric for color and snap—and a tangle of arugula for bitterness.
Turmeric tames one reader's unruly wart.