mustard


mustard
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French mustarde, from must must, from Latin mustum Date: 13th century 1. a. a pungent yellow powder of the seeds of any of several common mustards (Brassica hirta, B. nigra, or B. juncea) used as a condiment or in medicine as a stimulant and diuretic, an emetic, or a counterirritant b. slang zest 2. any of several herbs (genus Brassica of the family Cruciferae syn. Brassicaceae, the mustard family) with lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and linear beaked pods 3. a dark to moderate yellow • mustardy adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.