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cur·cu·ma

 (kûr′kyə-mə)
n.
Any of various tropical Asian plants of the genus Curcuma, which includes turmeric and zedoary.

[New Latin Curcuma, genus name, from Arabic kurkum, saffron.]

curcuma

(ˈkɜːkjʊmə)
n
(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Curcuma domestica, Curcuma longa, turmeric - widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye
Translations

curcuma

n (Bot) → Kurkuma f, → Gelbwurz f
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Names like Queen Lily and Emperor belong to an incredible group, or genera, of gingers called Curcuma.
Incredibly, these Curcuma gingers want to go dormant and go into what might be considered plant hibernation during the winter.
When I introduce gardeners to gingers, I am usually inclined to direct them to the hidden ginger, Curcuma petiolata.