Definition of cumin in US English:

cumin

(also cummin)

noun

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

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

    Cuminum cyminum, family Umbelliferae

    • ‘Yarrow, alyssum, fennel, cumin, & coriander all attract beneficial insects as well.’
    • ‘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.’

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.

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