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Any of various tropical Asian plants of the genus Curcuma, which includes turmeric and zedoary.
[New Latin Curcuma, genus name, from Arabic kurkum, saffron.]
(Plants) any tropical Asian tuberous plant of the genus Curcuma, such as C. longa, which is the source of turmeric, and C. zedoaria, which is the source of zedoary: family Zingiberaceae
[C17: from New Latin, from Arabic kurkum turmeric]
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|Noun||1.||Curcuma - tropical Asiatic perennial herbs|
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
family Zingiberaceae, ginger family, Zingiberaceae - a family of tropical monocotyledonous plants of order Musales