galingale

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, via Old French from Arabic كالانجان (ḵalanjān), probably from Chinese 高粱 (gāoliángjiāng), from 高粱 (gāoliáng, a district in Guongdong Province, China) + (jiāng, "ginger").

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡælɪŋɡeɪl/

Noun[edit]

galingale (plural galingales)

  1. Alternative spelling of galangal.
    • 1980, The Times, 10 Jan 1980, p.12 col. A
      An early English version [of marmelade] was called charedequynce, of which one version included wine, honey, ginger, galingale, cinnamon and wardens as well as quinces.
  2. One of several species of Cyperus sedges with aromatic rhizomes.