Pronunciation: (kär'du-mum),[key] —n. 1. the aromatic seed capsules of a tropical Asian plant, Elettaria cardamomum, of the ginger family, used as a spice or condiment and in medicine.
2. the plant itself.
3. a related plant, Amomum compactum, or its seeds, used as a substitute for true cardamom. Also,car•da•monPronunciation: (kär'du-mun),[key]car'da•mum.