Webster 1913 Edition
turmerica; apparently meaning, excellent earth, but perhaps a corruption of Ar.
An East Indian plant of the genus
Curcuma, of the Ginger family.
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.
Of or pertaining to turmeric; resembling, or obtained from, turmeric; specif., designating an acid obtained by the oxidation of turmerol.
paper impregnated with turmeric and used as a test for alkaline substances, by which it is changed from yellow to brown.–
Webster 1828 Edition
turmeric (countable and uncountable, plural turmerics)
- An Indian plant, Curcuma longa, with aromatic rhizomes, part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae).
- The pulverized rhizome of the turmeric plant, used for stimulation, flavoring and to add a bright yellow color to food.
- A yellow to reddish-brown dye extracted from the turmeric plant.