One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The aromatic seeds of a plant of the ginger family, used as a spice and also medicinally.
- ‘It is a mix of celery salt, mustard, red pepper, black pepper, bay leaves, cloves, allspice, ginger, mace, cardamom, cinnamon and paprika, very well balanced and somewhat spicy when you taste it as is.’
- ‘Add the flour, paprika, cumin, cardamom, cayenne and cloves.’
- ‘Spices, if used, include cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and ginger.’
- ‘California Chai is an organic blend of warming and stimulating spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger to promote good digestion.’
- ‘For the spiced cakes, I added a bit of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and ginger, along with a minced chili pepper.’
- ‘Besides dried chillies, several dried spices - notably cumin, cardamom, coriander and cinnamon - are in frequent use.’
- ‘Cinnamon, anise, and bay leaves may be common, but how about ginger, cardamom, black peppercorns and thyme?’
- ‘Sauté the garlic, cumin, cardamom, and ginger.’
- ‘For the curry oil, in a medium bowl, mix together the cinnamon turmeric, cardamom, cayenne pepper, allspice, white pepper, and cloves anti set aside.’
- ‘Spices like ginger, fenugreek, cloves, cardamom and hot peppers are simmered in butter, then the solids are drained off.’
2The SE Asian plant that bears cardamom seeds.
Elettaria cardamomum, family Zingiberaceae
- ‘Large plantations of coffee, sugarcane, bananas, and cardamom, all grown primarily for export, cover much of the Pacific lowlands.’
- ‘For her, he had written of wealth, banana groves, palatial bungalows, cardamom plantations, why, even the death of a few men and women who had become inconvenient to the businessmen and politicians who flocked to seek his favour.’
- ‘Coffee, tea, sugar, cardamom, rice, cloth, and some manufactured items were the main imports.’
- ‘Cardamom productivity doubled from the 5- to the 15-year-old stand, and then decreased with plantation age to reach a minimum in the 40-year-old stand.’
Late Middle English: from Old French cardamome or Latin cardamomum, from Greek kardamōmon, from kardamon ‘cress’ + amōmon, the name of a kind of spice plant.
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