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 (fĕn′yə-grēk′, fĕn′ə-)
1. A Eurasian plant (Trigonella foenum-graecum) in the pea family, having white flowers and trifoliolate leaves. Its mildly bitter seeds and aromatic leaves are used as flavorings.
2. The seeds or leaves of this plant.

[Middle English fenigrek, from Old French fenegrec, from Latin fēnugraecum, from fēnum Graecum : fēnum, hay; see fennel + Graecum, neuter of Graecus, Greek; see Greek.]
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(Plants) an annual heavily scented Mediterranean leguminous plant, Trigonella foenum-graecum, with hairy stems and white flowers: cultivated for forage and for its medicinal seeds
[Old English fēnogrēcum, from Latin fenum Graecum literally: Greek hay]
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(ˈfɛn yʊˌgrik, ˈfɛn ʊ-)

an aromatic Eurasian plant, Trigonella foenumgraecum, of the legume family.
[before 1000; Middle English fenugrek, Old English fēnogrēcum < Latin fēnum Graecum literally, Greek hay]
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Noun1.fenugreek - annual herb or southern Europe and eastern Asia having off-white flowers and aromatic seeds used medicinally and in curryfenugreek - annual herb or southern Europe and eastern Asia having off-white flowers and aromatic seeds used medicinally and in curry
fenugreek seed, fenugreek - aromatic seeds used as seasoning especially in curry
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Trigonella, Trigonella - Old World genus of frequently aromatic herbs
2.fenugreek - aromatic seeds used as seasoning especially in curry
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoning, seasoner - something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
fenugreek, Greek clover, Trigonella foenumgraecum - annual herb or southern Europe and eastern Asia having off-white flowers and aromatic seeds used medicinally and in curry
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References in periodicals archive ?
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an annual herb that belongs to the family Fabaceae.
Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum (Greek hay) is an annual herb of the pea family (Fabaceae) cultivated in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Evaluation of anti-hyperglycemic and hypoglycemic effect of Trigonella foenum-graecum Linn, Ocimum sanctum Linn and Pterocarpus marsupium Linn in normal and alloxanized diabetic rats.
Fenumannan is a branded, standardized extract from the seeds of Trigonella foenum-graecum (Fenugreek) from Sabinsa, which contains a minimum of 60% galactomannan.
The present study investigated the green synthesis of gold and silver (Au/Ag) nanocomposite using aqueous Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) seed extract and to evaluate the anti-diabetic activity of the prepared nanopcomposite.
Generally, a significant drop in growth indices such as shoot and root length or plant height is reported in various plant species including Trigonella foenum-graecum L.
Garlic (Allium sativum), bitter melon (Momordica charantia), cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), and fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) were the most used herbs [12].
Hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects of dietary fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds and garlic (Allium sativum) in high-fat fed rats.
Trigonella foenum-graecum, also called fenugreek, has been widely cultivated in the Mediterranean region and Asia for manufacturing spices since ancient times.
Effect of Azospirillum in combination with different levels of nitrogen on growth and yield of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) South Indian Horticulture, 2001; 49: 174-174.
The polyherbal formula being investigated consisted of Allium sativum (cloves) 4.7%, Aloe vera (leaves) 4.7%, Nigella sativa (seeds) 28.1%, Plantago psyllium (seeds) 15.6%, Silybum marianum (hydroalcoholic extract) 7.8% and Trigonella foenum-graecum (seeds) 39.1%.