Meaning of zedoary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzɛdəʊəri/


  • 1An Indian plant related to turmeric, with an aromatic rhizome.

    Curcuma zedoaria, family Zingiberaceae

    ‘A paste of a little zedoary and cream makes a good face mask and keeps the skin clear and shining.’
    • ‘Turmeric helps you drink more, zedoary fixes up the hangover, and the turtle stuff adds vigor to your body.’
    • ‘The medicinal part of zedoary is its rhizome, a fleshy stem that grows underground.’
    • ‘Chinese research has proven zedoary's use in reducing cervical cancer and increasing the cancer-killing effects during radiotherapy and chemotherapy.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A substance made from the rhizome of the zedoary plant, used in medicine, perfumery, and dyeing.
      • ‘The rhizomes of zedoary are rich in starch, which is extracted from them in India as shoti starch.’


Old English from medieval Latin zedoarium, from Persian zadwār.