Turmeric

Definition of Turmeric

Tur´mer`ic
n.1.(Bot.) An East Indian plant of the genus Curcuma, of the Ginger family.
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.
a.1.(Chem.) Of or pertaining to turmeric; resembling, or obtained from, turmeric; specif., designating an acid obtained by the oxidation of turmerol.
Turmeric paper
(Chem.) paper impregnated with turmeric and used as a test for alkaline substances, by which it is changed from yellow to brown.
Turmeric root
a - (Bot.) Bloodroot.
b - Orangeroot.

Related Words

Curcuma, Curcuma domestica, Curcuma longa, genus Curcuma, herb, herbaceous plant
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