Meaning of cinnamon

cin•na•mon

Pronunciation: (sin'u-mun), [key]
— n.
  1. the aromatic inner bark of any of several East Indian trees belonging to the genus Cinnamonum, of the laurel family, esp. the bark of C. zeylanicumused as a spice, or that of C. loureiriiused in medicine as a cordial and carminative.
  2. a tree yielding such bark.
  3. any allied or similar tree.
  4. a common culinary spice of dried rolled strips of this bark, often made into a powder.
  5. cassia (def. 1).
  6. a yellowish or reddish brown.
—adj.
  1. (of food) containing or flavored with cinnamon.
  2. reddish-brown or yellowish-brown.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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