CUMIN (Heb. כַּמּוֹן, kammon; Isa. 28:25, 27), the spice Cuminum cyminum. In mishnaic times cumin grew extensively in Ereẓ Israel and was even exported (Dem. 1:1), the local variety being superior to that of Cyprus (TJ, Dem. 2:1, 22b). It was used as a spice for eating with bread, and it was popular though it was regarded as a luxury and was excluded from the commodities which it was forbidden to hoard in years of famine
Loew, Flora, 3 (1924), 435–9; J. Feliks, Olam ha-Ẓome'aḥ ha-Mikra'i (19682), 182. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Feliks, Ha-Ẓome'aḥ, 85.
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