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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.]
(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-)
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]
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|Noun||1.||galingale - 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