Turmeric Tur"mer*ic, n. [F. terre-m['e]rite, NL. terramerita, turmerica; apparently meaning, excellent earth, but perhaps a corruption of Ar. kurkum. Cf. {Curcuma}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An East Indian plant of the genus {Curcuma}, of the Ginger family. [1913 Webster]

2. The root or rootstock of the {Curcuma longa}. It is externally grayish, but internally of a deep, lively yellow or saffron color, and has a slight aromatic smell, and a bitterish, slightly acrid taste. It is used for a dye, a medicine, a condiment, and a chemical test. [1913 Webster]

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