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Meaning of turmeric

tur•mer•ic

Pronunciation: (tûr'mur-ik), [key]
— n.
  1. the aromatic rhizome of an Asian plant, Curcuma domestica (or C. longa), of the ginger family.
  2. a powder prepared from it, used as a condiment, as in curry powder, or as a yellow dye, a medicine, etc.
  3. the plant itself.
  4. any of various similar substances or plants.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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