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



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 Originlate 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: turmeric