A leguminous annual Eurasian herb with aromatic seeds (also: its seeds). I had seen the word and knew it was some kind of herb but didn’t know anything more specific. It’s used in a lot of Indian cooking in particular.
From the story “Actors” in the collection Dictation by Cynthia Ozick, page 54.
The usage in context here is pretty undistinguished, as the word appears in a list of words that the author of crossword puzzles happens to know. It’s not really worth quoting.