One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An aromatic spice made from the peeled, dried, and rolled bark of a Southeast Asian tree.
- ‘Spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg are ideal for winter soups.’
- ‘The oatmeal was prepared in just the way he liked it, sweetened with honey, thickened with milk and cream, and flavored slightly with cinnamon.’
- ‘The spices used were ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and cardamom, along with tea leaves.’
- ‘Then I added Nancy's special mix of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves’
- ‘In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flour, bran, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.’
- ‘Unless you are used to North African flavours, you would be wise to start with very little cumin and cinnamon and the lightest hint of coriander.’
- ‘An agricultural country whose chief crop is rice, Sri Lanka is known for spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, and cloves.’
- ‘As noted in my new medicinal spice book, ginger, cinnamon, hot pepper and turmeric are just a few of the spices that can settle a distressed stomach.’
- ‘Pilau is a delicious dish of rice spiced with curry, cinnamon, cumin, hot peppers, and cloves.’
- ‘While hers was a chocolate hazelnut cake, mine was a pecan cake with cinnamon undertones.’
- ‘One New Year's tradition is to hide a silver coin in the dough of a special bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel.’
- ‘Wet spices like shallots, ginger and garlic are balanced against dry ones like coriander, cumin, cinnamon and cloves.’
- ‘Table cinnamon is made from cinnamon bark and contains both water-soluble and fat-soluble compounds.’
- ‘He also opened a tin of biscuits he had brought back from Sweden - tasty things spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves.’
- ‘Add the tomatoes, cumin, ground coriander and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes.’
- ‘The spices and seasonings that we like to use include cumin, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.’
- ‘The bird is flat-roasted to perfection and sweetened with a mixture of cloves, cumin, and cinnamon.’
- ‘When you use less sugar, add spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg to enhance the sweetness of the food.’
- ‘The traditional recipe uses cinnamon and cloves for spices.’
- ‘For the spiced cakes, I added a bit of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and ginger, along with a minced chili pepper.’
- 1.1 A reddish- or yellowish-brown color resembling that of cinnamon.
- ‘Her gold cinnamon skin shone next to my pale cream.’
- ‘Her cinnamon hair has thinned and matted past a point of salvation.’
- ‘The huge cinnamon and gold suite next door features a grand piano.’
- ‘Sally deduced that the colours Jane should be wearing were light colours with some warmth, such as peach, beige, caramel, cinnamon, and apricot.’
- ‘Pink ponytail holders held her white hair in pigtails, and there was a cherry flush in her cinnamon cheeks.’
- ‘The dominant colors are beige, cinnamon and shades of blue.’
- ‘I do like my new color - it's kind of a coppery cinnamon with blonde highlights.’
- ‘His shoulders and chest were covered in cinnamon coloured freckles.’
- ‘We observe the Admiral, dressed in a cinnamon coloured velvet coat trimmed with elaborate gold clasps.’
- ‘Her skin, the hue of toasted cinnamon, was flawless.’
- ‘White paint was used to provide a crisp contrast to the rich cinnamon color of the redwood deck.’
- ‘They sway slightly with the breeze and range in hue from cinnamon to dusty violet.’
- ‘Lips are both nude and matte or glossed in shades of pale pink, red or cinnamon.’
- ‘He has a light tan fur with a cinnamon sprinkling, and the same pattern shape around his eyes that I have.’
2The tree which yields cinnamon.
Genus Cinnamomum, family Lauraceae: several species, in particular C. zeylanicum, native to southern India and Sri Lanka
- ‘A Daoist tradition in China holds that the source of immortality, or at least long life, is the cinnamon tree in the moon, a tree that no amount of chopping can fell.’
Late Middle English: from Old French cinnamome (from Greek kinnamōmon), and Latin cinnamon (from Greek kinnamon), both from a Semitic language and perhaps based on Malay.
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