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1. Either of two plants (Alpinia galanga or A. officinarum) of eastern Asia, having pungent, aromatic rhizomes used medicinally and as seasoning.
2. The dried roots of either of these plants. In both senses also called galingale.
[Middle English galingale, from Old French galingal, garingal, from Medieval Latin galinga, galanga, from Arabic ḫalunjān, ḫūlunjān, from Persian ḫūlanjān; probably akin to Sanskrit kulañjaḥ, kulañjanaḥ, galangal (A. galanga).]
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1. (Plants) another name for galingale
2. (Plants) a zingiberaceous plant, Alpinia officinarum, of China and the East Indies
3. (Cookery) the pungent aromatic root of this plant, dried and used as a seasoning and in medicine
4. (Medicine) the pungent aromatic root of this plant, dried and used as a seasoning and in medicine
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
the aromatic, medicinal rhizome of certain E Asian plants belonging to the genus Alpinia, of the ginger family.
[variant of galingale]
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|Noun||1.||galangal - southeastern Asian perennial with aromatic roots|
ginger - perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
|2.||galangal - 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
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