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 for Nigella sativa
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nutmeg \Nut"meg\, n. [OE. notemuge; note nut + OF. muge musk, of
     the same origin as E. musk; cf. OF. noix muguette nutmeg, F.
     noix muscade. See Nut, and Musk.] (Bot.)
     The kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg tree ({Myristica
     fragrans), a native of the Molucca Islands, but cultivated
     elsewhere in the tropics.
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     Note: This fruit is a nearly spherical drupe, of the size of
           a pear, of a yellowish color without and almost white
           within. This opens into two nearly equal longitudinal
           valves, inclosing the nut surrounded by its aril, which
           is mace. The nutmeg is an aromatic, very grateful to
           the taste and smell, and much used in cookery. Other
           species of Myristica yield nutmegs of inferior
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     American nutmeg, Calabash nutmeg, or Jamaica nutmeg,
        the fruit of a tropical shrub ({Monodora Myristica). It
        is about the size of an orange, and contains many aromatic
        seeds imbedded in pulp.
     Brazilian nutmeg, the fruit of a lauraceous tree,
        Cryptocarya moschata.
     California nutmeg, a tree of the Yew family ({Torreya
        Californica), growing in the Western United States, and
        having a seed which resembles a nutmeg in appearance, but
        is strongly impregnated with turpentine.
     Clove nutmeg, the Ravensara aromatica, a lauraceous tree
        of Madagascar. The foliage is used as a spice, but the
        seed is acrid and caustic.
     Jamaica nutmeg. See American nutmeg (above).
     Nutmeg+bird+(Zool.),+an+Indian+finch+({Munia+punctularia">Nutmeg bird (Zool.), an Indian finch ({Munia punctularia).
     Nutmeg butter, a solid oil extracted from the nutmeg by
     Nutmeg flower (Bot.), a ranunculaceous herb ({Nigella
        sativa) with small black aromatic seeds, which are used
        medicinally and for excluding moths from furs and
     Nutmeg liver (Med.), a name applied to the liver, when, as
        the result of heart or lung disease, it undergoes
        congestion and pigmentation about the central veins of its
        lobules, giving it an appearance resembling that of a
     Nutmeg melon (Bot.), a small variety of muskmelon of a rich
     Nutmeg pigeon (Zool.), any one of several species of
        pigeons of the genus Myristicivora, native of the East
        Indies and Australia. The color is usually white, or
        cream-white, with black on the wings and tail.
     Nutmeg wood (Bot.), the wood of the Palmyra palm.
     Peruvian nutmeg, the aromatic seed of a South American tree
        ({Laurelia sempervirens).
     Plume nutmeg (Bot.), a spicy tree of Australia
        ({Atherosperma moschata).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 Cyminum), cultivated for its seeds, which have a
     bitterish, warm taste, with an aromatic flavor, and are used
     like those of anise and caraway. [Written also cummin.]
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           Rank-smelling rue, and cumin good for eyes. --Spenser.
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     Black+cumin+(Bot.),+a+plant+({Nigella+sativa">Black cumin (Bot.), a plant ({Nigella sativa) with pungent
        seeds, used by the Afghans, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fennel \Fen"nel\ (f[e^]n"n[e^]l), n. [AS. fenol, finol, from L.
     feniculum, faeniculum, dim. of fenum, faenum, hay: cf. F.
     fenouil. Cf. Fenugreek. Finochio.] (Bot.)
     A perennial plant of the genus F[ae]niculum ({F[ae]niculum
     vulgare), having very finely divided leaves. It is
     cultivated in gardens for the agreeable aromatic flavor of
     its seeds.
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           Smell of sweetest fennel.                --Milton.
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           A sprig of fennel was in fact the theological smelling
           bottle of the tender sex.                --S. G.
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     Azorean+fennel,+or+Sweet+fennel,+({F[ae]niculum+dulce">Azorean fennel, or Sweet fennel, ({F[ae]niculum dulce).
        It is a smaller and stouter plant than the common fennel,
        and is used as a pot herb.
     Dog's+fennel+({Anthemis+Cotula">Dog's fennel ({Anthemis Cotula), a foul-smelling European
        weed; -- called also mayweed.
     Fennel+flower+(Bot.),+an+herb+({Nigella">Fennel flower (Bot.), an herb ({Nigella) of the Buttercup
        family, having leaves finely divided, like those of the
        fennel. Nigella Damascena is common in gardens. Nigella
        sativa furnishes the fennel seed, used as a condiment,
        etc., in India. These seeds are the "fitches" mentioned in
        Isaiah (xxviii. 25).
     Fennel water (Med.), the distilled water of fennel seed. It
        is stimulant and carminative.
     Giant+fennel+({Ferula+communis">Giant fennel ({Ferula communis), has stems full of pith,
        which, it is said, were used to carry fire, first, by
     Hog's+fennel,+a+European+plant+({Peucedanum+officinale">Hog's fennel, a European plant ({Peucedanum officinale)
        looking something like fennel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fitch \Fitch\ (?; 224), n.; pl. Fitches. [See Vetch.]
     1. (Bot.) A vetch. [Obs.]
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     2. pl. (Bot.) A word found in the Authorized Version of the
        Bible, representing different Hebrew originals. In Isaiah
        xxviii. 25, 27, it means the black aromatic seeds of
        Nigella sativa, still used as a flavoring in the East.
        In Ezekiel iv. 9, the Revised Version now reads spelt.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Nigella sativa
      n 1: herb of the Mediterranean region having pungent seeds used
           like those of caraway [syn: black caraway, nutmeg
           flower, Roman coriander, Nigella sativa]

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