(Heb. kammon; i.e., a "condiment"), the fruit or seed of an umbelliferous plant, the Cuminum sativum, still extensively cultivated in the East. Its fruit is mentioned in Isa. 28:25, 27. In the New Testament it is mentioned in Matt. 23:23, where our Lord pronounces a "woe" on the scribes and Pharisees, who were zealous in paying tithes of "mint and anise and cummin," while they omitted the weightier matters of the law." "It is used as a spice, both bruised, to mix with bread, and also boiled, in the various messes and stews which compose an Oriental banquet." Tristram, Natural History.

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

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  • Cummin — Cum min (k?m m?n), n. Same as {Cumin}. [1913 Webster] Ye pay tithe of mint, and cummin. Matt. xxiii. 23. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cummin — (n.) alternative spelling of CUMIN (Cf. cumin) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cummin — Seeds of cummin were valued as spice. Some scrupulous Pharisees gave tithes on things as negligible as cummin, and Jesus is said to have criticized those who did so at the expense of more important duties (Matt. 23:23) …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • cummin — Cumin Cum in (k?m ?n), n. [OE.comin, AS. cymen, fr. L. cuminum, Gr. ???????; of Semitic origin, cf. Ar. kamm?n, Heb. kamm?n; cf. OF. comin, F. cumin. Cf. {Kummel}.] (Bot.) A dwarf umbelliferous plant, somewhat resembling fennel ({Cuminum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cummin n — My wife works over thyme in her herb garden before she decides it is time to cummin …   English expressions

  • cummin — sb. Alys. 6797 …   Oldest English Words

  • cummin — n. type of plant used as a seasoning …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cummin — cum·min …   English syllables

  • cummin — var. of CUMIN …   Useful english dictionary

  • cummin oil — noun see cumin oil …   Useful english dictionary

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