galangal

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Galangal root

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English galyngale, from Old French galingal, from Arabic خَلَنْجَان(ḵalanjān), from Persian قولنجان(qulinjân, qulanjân), from Sanskrit कुलञ्जन (kulañjana), perhaps from Chinese 高良薑高良姜 (gāoliángjiāng), from 高涼 (a prefecture or county in China) + (ginger).

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  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈlæŋɡəl/
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Noun[edit]

galangal (countable and uncountable, plural galangals)

  1. Any of several east Asian plants of genera Alpinia and Kaempferia in the ginger family, used as a spice, but principally Alpinia galanga.
    • 2008, Carol Selva Rajah, David Thompson, Heavenly Fragrance, page 144:
      The refreshing aroma of galangal acts in combination with and as a contrast to lemongrass in many recipes in this book.

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