galangal

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Galangal root

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From Old French galingal, from Arabic قَالَنْجَان ‎(qālanjān) (cognate with Persian قولنجان ‎(kūlinjān), 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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galangal ‎(plural galangals)

  1. Any of several east Asian plants of 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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