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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.]
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(ˈɡælɪŋˌɡeɪl) or


(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]
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(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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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
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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."
Common name Scientific name Plant family Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Lamiaceae Onion Allium cepa Amaryllidaceae Flaxseed Linum usitatissimum Linaceae Caraway Carum carvi Umbelliferae Saad (Brown galingale) Cyperus fuscus Cyperaceae Common name Plant part Lavender Flowers Onion Bulbs Flaxseed Seeds Caraway Seeds Saad (Brown galingale) Seeds Table 2.
The samples of fermented plant foods (like fermented papaya broth, fermented emblica broth, fermented banana broth, fermented noni broth, fermented houttuynia broth, fermented black galingale broth, fermented citronella grass broth, fermented kaffir lime broth, fermented wild fruits, fermented pickled vegetable, fermented beans, rotten beans, tea leaves, pickled garlic, pickled turnip greens, pickled lemon, pickled peach, pickled cleome, pickled onion, pickled cabbage, pickled radish, and pickled bamboo) were collected at local market of Chiang Mai, Thailand.