An annual plant indigenous to western Asia and cultivated in Africa and parts of Europe; the mucilaginous seeds are used as food and in the preparation of culinary spices (curry). [L. faenum graecum, f., fr. faenum, hay, + Graecus, Greek]

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fenu·greek also foenu·greek 'fen-yə-.grēk n a leguminous annual Asian herb (Trigonella foenumgraecum) with aromatic seeds used in making curry, imitation vanilla flavoring, and some veterinary medicines

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fen·u·greek (fenґu-grēk) [L. faenum graecum Greek hay] 1. Trigonella foenum-graecum. 2. the seeds of T. foenum-graecum, used as a flavoring agent and used for loss of appetite and skin inflammations; it also has a variety of uses in traditional Chinese medicine and in Indian medicine. In veterinary medicine it is used to flavor powdered feed additives.

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