Cinnamon is a flavorful spice that comes from the bark of a tree. The tropical tree that produces the spice is also called cinnamon.

Cinnamon is a common spice in sweet baked goods like cinnamon rolls and coffee cake. It's also used in savory dishes, particularly in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. While most people are familiar with the dark reddish-brown ground cinnamon you can shake on your cinnamon toast, it also comes in the form of a short, rolled stick. The Latin source is cinnamum, which was once a term of endearment, as well as the name of the spice.

Definitions of cinnamon

n tropical Asian tree with aromatic yellowish-brown bark; source of the spice cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum
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any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family

n spice from the dried aromatic bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree; used as rolled strips or ground

stick cinnamon
dried rolled strips of cinnamon bark
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any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food

n aromatic bark used as a spice

cinnamon bark
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tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants

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