One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An Indian plant related to turmeric, with an aromatic rhizome.
Curcuma zedoaria, family Zingiberaceae
- ‘A paste of a little zedoary and cream makes a good face mask and keeps the skin clear and shining.’
- ‘The medicinal part of zedoary is its rhizome, a fleshy stem that grows underground.’
- ‘Turmeric helps you drink more, zedoary fixes up the hangover, and the turtle stuff adds vigor to your body.’
- ‘Chinese research has proven zedoary's use in reducing cervical cancer and increasing the cancer-killing effects during radiotherapy and chemotherapy.’
- 1.1 A substance made from the rhizome of the zedoary plant, used in medicine, perfumery, and dyeing.
- ‘The rhizomes of zedoary are rich in starch, which is extracted from them in India as shoti starch.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin zedoarium, from Persian zadwār.
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