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Definition of "cardamom" [car•da•mom]

  • A rhizomatous Indian herb (Elettaria cardamomum) having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice or condiment. (noun)
  • The seed of this plant. (noun)
  • Any of several plants of the related genus Amomum, used as a substitute for cardamom. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cardamom" in a sentence
  • "Desserts: Gulab Jamun (warm flour/milk pastries), Ras Malai (sweet cottage cheese patties in cardamom milk, left) and Rice Pudding (right) (2007)"
  • "• Using wet hands, form dough into 3/4-1 inch balls; roll in cardamom-sugar to coat completely."
  • "The seller told Ivy to use it in salads, but warned her fresh cardamom is a male aphrodisiac."