n. pl. zed·o·ar·ies
1. A plant (Curcuma zedoaria) of South Asia that has small yellow flowers, purple bracts, and starchy tuberous rhizomes and that is widely cultivated elsewhere.
2. The dried rhizomes of this plant, used as a condiment and in perfumes, medicines, and cosmetics.
[Middle English zeduarie, from Medieval Latin zeduāria, from Arabic zadwār, from Persian.]
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