Definitions for: Zedoary

Webster (1913) Definition: Zed"o*a*ry, n. [F. z['e]doaire, LL. zedoaria; cf. It.
zedoaria, zettovario, Pg. zedoaria, Sp. zedoaria, cedoaria;
all fr. Ar. & Per. zedw?r.] (Med.)
A medicinal substance obtained in the East Indies, having a
fragrant smell, and a warm, bitter, aromatic taste. It is
used in medicine as a stimulant.

Note: It is the rhizome of different species of Curcuma,
esp. C. zedoaria, and comes in short, firm pieces,
externally of a wrinkled gray, ash-colored appearance,
but within of a brownish red color. There are two
kinds, round zedoary, and long zedoary.

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