Definition of curcuma in English:



  • A tropical Asian plant of a genus that includes turmeric, zedoary, and other species that yield spices, dyes, and medicinal products.

    • ‘We have imported a number of varieties from Asia: alpinias, costus, curcumas and hedychiums.’
    • ‘Most curcumas do well in a shady or diffused light location on the landscape or as a patio plant in a decorative container.’
    • ‘Remember that curcumas do not emerge from dormancy until June… they are not dead!’
    • ‘Extracted from the roots of the curcuma longa plant, curcumin is a member of the ginger family.’
    • ‘The curcumas of the ginger family are natives of tropical Asia.’


Modern Latin, from Arabic kurkum saffron from Sanskrit kuṅkuma (so named because the color of turmeric resembles that of saffron).