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cumin or cummin (both: kŭm´Ĭn), low annual herb (Cuminum cyminum) of the family Umbelliferae (parsley family), long cultivated in the Old World for the aromatic seedlike fruits. The fruits resemble the related caraway and are similarly used in cooking. Cumin is an ingredient of curry powder; the oil is used for liqueurs and in veterinary practice and was formerly used in medicine. Cumin is mentioned in the Bible. For black cumin, see love-in-a-mist. Cumin is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Umbellales, family Umbelliferae.

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cum·in / ˈkəmən; ˈk(y)oō-/ (also cummin) • n. 1. the aromatic seeds of a plant of the parsley family, used as a spice, esp. ground and used in curry powder. 2. the small, slender plant (Cuminum cyminum) that bears this fruit and grows from the Mediterranean to central Asia.

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cumin (cummin) Pungent herb, the crescent‐shaped seed of Cuminum cyminum (parsley family); used in curry powder and for flavouring cordials. Black cumin is the seed of Nigella sativa (fennel flower) and sweet cumin is anise (Pimpinella anisum).

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