Cumin

Cum"in

(k?m"?n), n. [OE.comin, AS. cymen, fr. L. cuminum, Gr. ; of Semitic origin, cf. Ar. kammn, Heb. kammn; cf. OF. comin, F. cumin. Cf. Kummel.] (Bot.) A dwarf umbelliferous plant, somewhat resembling fennel (Cuminum Cyminum), cultivated for its seeds, which have a bitterish, warm taste, with an aromatic flavor, and are used like those of anise and caraway.
[Written also cummin.]

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Rank-smelling rue, and cumin good for eyes.
Spenser.
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Black cumin (Bot.), a plant (Nigella sativa) with pungent seeds, used by the Afghans, etc.
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