-) KEY NOUN:
- A widely cultivated tropical plant (Curcuma domestica) of India, having yellow flowers and an aromatic, somewhat fleshy rhizome.
- The powdered rhizome of this plant, used as a condiment and a yellow dye.
- Any of several other plants having similar rhizomes.
Alteration of Middle English termeryte
, from Old French terre-merite
, from Medieval Latin terra merita
: Latin terra
; see ters-
in Indo-European roots + Latin merita
, feminine past participle of merre
, to deserve
; see (s)mer-2
in Indo-European roots