a. The dried aromatic inner bark of certain tropical Asian trees of the genus Cinnamomum, especially C. verum and cassia (C. aromaticum), often ground and used as a spice.
b. A tree yielding this bark.
2. A light reddish brown.
1. Flavored with cinnamon.
2. Of a light reddish brown.
[Middle English cinamome, from Old French, from Latin cinnamōmum, from Greek kinnamōmon, probably of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew qinnāmôn.]
cin·namic (sə-nămĭk) adj.
(click for a larger image)cinnamon
in sticks (left) and ground (right)
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