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 (găl′ən-găl′, gə-lăng′gəl)
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
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(gəˈlæŋ gəl)

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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.galangal - southeastern Asian perennial with aromatic roots
ginger - perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
Alpinia, genus Alpinia, genus Languas, genus Zerumbet - perennial rhizomatous herbs of Asia and Australia and Polynesia having ginger-scented rhizomes
2.galangal - European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic rootsgalangal - 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
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Basically, we use very traditional recipes containing spices and ingredients you can't find anywhere else, such as candlenut and galangal, which you won't find in other Asian food."
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