Definition of cardamom in US English:

cardamom

(also cardamon)

noun

  • 1The aromatic seeds of a plant of the ginger family, used as a spice and also medicinally.

    • ‘Spices, if used, include cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and ginger.’
    • ‘For the spiced cakes, I added a bit of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and ginger, along with a minced chili pepper.’
    • ‘Spices like ginger, fenugreek, cloves, cardamom and hot peppers are simmered in butter, then the solids are drained off.’
    • ‘Add the flour, paprika, cumin, cardamom, cayenne and cloves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘California Chai is an organic blend of warming and stimulating spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger to promote good digestion.’
    • ‘For the curry oil, in a medium bowl, mix together the cinnamon turmeric, cardamom, cayenne pepper, allspice, white pepper, and cloves anti set aside.’
    • ‘Cinnamon, anise, and bay leaves may be common, but how about ginger, cardamom, black peppercorns and thyme?’
    • ‘Besides dried chillies, several dried spices - notably cumin, cardamom, coriander and cinnamon - are in frequent use.’
    • ‘Sauté the garlic, cumin, cardamom, and ginger.’
  • 2The Southeast Asian plant that bears cardamom seeds.

    Elettaria cardamomum, family Zingiberaceae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Large plantations of coffee, sugarcane, bananas, and cardamom, all grown primarily for export, cover much of the Pacific lowlands.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

cardamom

/ˈkärdəməm//ˈkɑrdəməm/