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 (kär′də-məm) or car·da·mon (-mən)
a. A rhizomatous herb (Elettaria cardamomum) native to South Asia, having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice.
b. The capsules or seeds of this plant, used especially in South and Southeast Asian cuisine and in baked goods. In both subsenses, also called green cardamom.
2. Black cardamom.

[Middle English cardamome, from Old French cardemome, from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon, probably haplology for *kardamamōmom : kardamon, garden cress (of Near Eastern origin; akin to Akkadian kuddimmu, garden cress, whose seeds are used as a condiment and spice in Asian cuisines) + amōmon, an Indian spice, probably black cardamom; akin to Akkadian ḫamīmu and Aramaic ḥəmāmā, an aromatic, perhaps a kind of cardamom.]


(ˈkɑːdəməm) or




1. (Plants) a tropical Asian zingiberaceous plant, Elettaria cardamomum, that has large hairy leaves
2. (Cookery) the seeds of this plant, used esp as a spice or condiment
3. (Plants) a related East Indian plant, Amomum cardamomum, whose seeds are used as a substitute for cardamom seeds
[C15: from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon, from kardamon cress + amōmon an Indian spice]


(ˈkɑr də məm)

also car•da•mon



the aromatic seed capsules of a tropical Asian plant, Elettaria cardamomum, of the ginger family, used as a spice or condiment and in medicine.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin cardamōmum < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cardamom - rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoningcardamom - rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoning
cardamum, cardamom, cardamon - aromatic seeds used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.cardamom - aromatic seeds used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoning, seasoner - something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
cardamom, cardamon, Elettaria cardamomum - rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoning


[ˈkɑːdəməm] Ncardamomo m


[ˈkɑːrdəməm] ncardamome f


nKardamom m or nt


[ˈkɑːdəməm] cardamon [ˈkɑːdəmən] ncardamomo
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A little flour, a little butter and a mouthful of cardamoms,' Kim retorted, flushed with the praise, but still cautious -'Does one grow rich on that?
This is a handful of cardamoms, This is a lump of ghi: This is millet and chillies and rice, A supper for thee and me!
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For centuries, the Cardamoms offered refuge to people on the run from the law or those who simply didn't want to be a part of the communities that occupied the country's lowlands.
YOUR mention of cardamoms had me wondering - what's the difference between green ones and brown ones?
500g fresh rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 4cm chunks; 2 oranges, peeled and segmented with a knife (squeeze any juice left on the membrane and keep it); 125g blueberries; 4-6 green cardamoms, bruised; 1 vanilla pod, split; 150-175g caster sugar; vanilla ice cream to serve
The Cardamoms was largely inaccessible to outsiders due to Khmer Rouge guerrilla activities and the presence of numerous land mines.
Boil plenty of water with salt and once boil comes add bay leaf, green cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom, peppercorns, half kewra water, rose water, 2 tablespoons ghee, add soaked rice and once the rice is almost 50% cooked strain the rice.
Chicken rogan josh Serves 4 500g skinless chicken fillets, cubed 2 large red onion, sliced 200g chopped tinned tomatoes 4 whole green cardamoms 1/2 tsp fennel seeds 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp paprika 1/2 cup thick yoghurt 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp chilli powder 2 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp grated ginger 600ml chicken stock Salt to taste 2 tbsp cooking oil Handful fresh coriander, chopped Method Pour the cooking oil in a large saucepan and heat over a medium flame.