galangal


gal·an·gal

noun \ˈga-lən-ˌgal, -liŋ-\

Definition of GALANGAL

1
:  either of two eastern Asian perennial herbs (Alpinia galanga and A. officinarum) of the ginger family with dark green sword-shaped leaves and pungent aromatic rhizomes
2
:  the fresh, dried, or ground rhizome of a galangal used in cookery as a spice and in medicine

Origin of GALANGAL

Middle English galingale, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin galingala, galanga, from Arabic khalanjān, khulūnjān
First Known Use: 13th century

gal·an·gal

noun \gə-ˈlaŋ-gəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GALANGAL

1
: either of two eastern Asian perennial herbs (Alpinia galanga and A. officinarum) of the ginger family with dark green sword-shaped leaves and pungent aromatic rhizomes
2
: the fresh, dried, or ground rhizome of a galangal used in cookery as a spice and sometimes medicinally—called also galangal root

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