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Meaning of cardamom

car•da•mom

Pronunciation: (kär'du-mum), [key]
— n.
  1. the aromatic seed capsules of a tropical Asian plant, Elettaria cardamomum, of the ginger family, used as a spice or condiment and in medicine.
  2. the plant itself.
  3. a related plant, Amomum compactum, or its seeds, used as a substitute for true cardamom.
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