A plant much like fennel, and which produces blossoms and branches in an umbellated form. Its seeds yield an aromatic oil, of a warm, stimulating nature, Isa 28:25-27. Our Lord reproved the scribes and Pharisees for so very carefully paying tithe of mint, anise, and cummin, and yet neglecting good works and obedience to God's law, Mt 23:23.
(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 Mt 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.
An umbelliferous plant like fennel, with aromatic, pungent, carminative seeds; beaten out with a rod, not threshed (Isa 28:25,27); tithed by the punctilious Pharisees (Mt 23:23). "Cummin splitting" was a Greek adage for cheese-paring parsimony (Aristophanes, Wasps). Grown still in Malta.
The seed of an umbelliferous plant, the Cuminum cyminum (syriacum), widely cultivated in and around Palestine. It is used to flavour dishes, and, more particularly, bread; in flavour and appearance it resembles carraway; it has long been credited with medicinal properties; it certainly is a carminative. It is even now beaten out with rods (Isa 28:27). Tithes of cummin were paid by the Jews (Mt 23:23).
E. W. G. Masterman.
A plant yielding a small aromatic seed, used as a condiment and for medicines. It is beaten out by a rod, and is one of the bountiful gifts of God. Isa 28:25,27. The Pharisees paid tithes of it, whereas they omitted the weighter matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith. Mt 23:23.
one of the cultivated plants of Palestine.
It is an umbelliferous plant something like fennel. The seeds have a bitterish warm taste and an aromatic flavor. The Maltese are said to grow it at the present day, and to thresh it in the manner described by Isaiah.
CUMMIN, ????, Isa 28:25,27; ???????, Mt 23:23. This is an umbelliferous plant, in appearance resembling fennel, but smaller. Its seeds have a bitterish warm taste, accompanied with an aromatic flavour, not of the most agreeable kind. An essential oil is obtained from them by distillation. The Jews sowed it in their fields, and when ripe threshed out the seeds with a rod, Isa 28:25,27. The Maltese sow it, and collect the seeds in the same manner.