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Definition of turmeric noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

turmeric

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmərɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmərɪk//
 
[uncountable] Herbs and spices
 
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a yellow powder made from the root of an Asian plant, used in cooking as a spice, especially in curry See related entries: Herbs and spices Word Origin late Middle English (earlier as tarmaret): perhaps from French terre mérite and modern Latin terra merita, literally ‘deserving earth’, or perhaps an alteration of an oriental word.
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