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gal·in·gale

 (găl′ĭn-gāl′)
n.
1. Any of various sedges of the genus Cyperus, especially C. longus of Europe, having rough-edged leaves, reddish spikelets, and aromatic roots.
2. See galangal.

[Middle English, aromatic root of any of several kinds of plants, galangal; see galangal.]

galingale

(ˈɡælɪŋˌɡeɪl) or

galangal

n
(Plants) a European cyperaceous plant, Cyperus longus, with rough-edged leaves, reddish spikelets of flowers, and aromatic roots
[C13: from Old French galingal, from Arabic khalanjān, from Chinese kaoliang-chiang, from Kaoliang district in Guangdong province + chiang ginger]

gal•in•gale

(ˈgæl ɪnˌgeɪl, -ɪŋ-)

n.
1. any of numerous sedges of the genus Cyperus, esp. C.langus, having aromatic roots.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French galingal, garingal < Arabic khalanjān]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.galingale - European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic rootsgalingale - European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic roots
sedge - grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers
Cyperus, genus Cyperus - type genus of Cyperaceae; grasslike rhizomatous herbs; cosmopolitan except very cold regions
References in classic literature ?
He awoke at last, drowsy and lazy, and casting his eyes about in every direction, observed, "There comes, if I don't mistake, from the quarter of that arcade a steam and a smell a great deal more like fried rashers than galingale or thyme; a wedding that begins with smells like that, by my faith, ought to be plentiful and unstinting.