Grains of paradise. Dried ripe seeds of Elettaria cardamomum; used for flavoring baked goods, confectionery, curry powder, and in the manufacture of oil of c. which is used for flavoring liqueurs. Pharmaceutical aid (flavor); adjuvant and carminative.

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car·da·mom 'kärd-ə-məm, -.mäm n the aromatic capsular fruit of an Indian herb (Elettaria cardamomum) of the ginger family with seeds used as a spice and in medicine also this plant

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car·da·mom (kahrґdə-məm) [L. cardamomum; Gr. kardamōmon] 1. a plant of the species Elettaria cardamomum. 2. any of various other closely related plants that yield seeds similar to those of E. cardamomum. 3. the dried ripe seeds of E. cardamomum or related plants, used as a pharmaceutical flavoring agent; see also cardamom oil, under oil. Called also cardamom seed [NF]. 4. a preparation of the seeds of E. cardamomum, used for a variety of respiratory disorders and for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as in traditional Chinese medicine and ayurveda.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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