Definition of cumin in English:

cumin

(also cummin)

Pronunciation: /ˈkəmin//ˈk(y)o͞omin/

noun

  • 1The aromatic seeds of a plant of the parsley family, used as a spice, especially ground and used in curry powder.

    • ‘If you want, you can add chopped mint or ground cumin for additional flavour.’
    • ‘Heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the cumin seeds and the garam masala.’
    • ‘Heat oil, add cumin seeds and let them crackle, add fennel seeds and sauté the diced vegetables quickly.’
    • ‘Roasted ground cumin and ground black pepper can be sprinkled over fresh yogurt.’
    • ‘Stuff with couscous mixed with orange juice, paprika, cayenne, cumin, garlic, parsley, diced prunes and pinenuts.’
    • ‘Nutmeg, pepper, caraway seeds, ground ginger and the curry spices of cumin and coriander are also worth considering.’
    • ‘To make the curry powder, combine the ground coriander, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, ginger, paprika and turmeric and mix well.’
    • ‘Place a small line of the cinnamon and cumin caramel sauce across the center of a plate.’
    • ‘Add ground roast cumin and you have an Indian side salad.’
    • ‘Spoon the tamarind and date chutney over the curds and sprinkle chilli and cumin powder on top.’
    • ‘Nevertheless I found them very tasty despite not being able to discern the advertised cumin yoghurt sauce element in particular.’
    • ‘Add the cumin and when brown, mix the rice and salt to taste.’
    • ‘Put in the salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, lemon juice and cayenne.’
    • ‘Add the corn, onion, jalapeno, leeks, cumin, and white pepper.’
    • ‘The salted version often contains spices such as roasted cumin seeds or black pepper.’
    • ‘Its flavor is rounded out with pomegranate seeds, dried mango peel, black peppercorns, toasted cumin, coriander, red chili powder and white pepper.’
    • ‘Other spices include cumin, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, and cloves.’
    • ‘Spoon some sauce and shallots around the dish and garnish with ground cumin.’
    • ‘Season with ground cumin, black pepper and garlic.’
  • 2The small, slender plant that bears cumin and grows from the Mediterranean to central Asia.

    • ‘Harvest herbs grown for seeds - dill, caraway, coriander, and cumin, for example - as the fruits change color from green to brown or gray but before they scatter to the ground.’
    • ‘Yarrow, alyssum, fennel, cumin, & coriander all attract beneficial insects as well.’

Origin

Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kuminon, probably of Semitic origin and related to Hebrew kammōn and Arabic kammūn; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French cumon, comin, also from Latin.

Pronunciation:

cumin

/ˈkəmin//ˈk(y)o͞omin/