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ginger

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noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Simple Definition of ginger

  • : the strongly flavored root of a tropical plant that is used in cooking

  • : a spice made from ginger

  • : a light reddish or reddish-brown color

Full Definition of ginger

  1. 1 a (1) :  a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes medicinally (2) :  the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding ginger b :  any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes; especially :  a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most commercial ginger — compare wild ginger

  2. 2 :  pep <the ginger to … work hard — Willa Cather>

  3. 3 :  a light reddish or reddish-brown color <ginger hair>

gin·gery play \ˈjinj-rē, ˈjin-jə-\ adjective

Examples of ginger

  1. The recipe calls for a teaspoon of ginger.

  2. <a 60-year-old with the ginger to consider skydiving lessons>



Origin of ginger

Middle English, alteration of Old English gingifer, from Medieval Latin gingiber, alteration of Latin zingiber, from Greek zingiberi, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Pali siṅgivēra ginger


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

Rhymes with ginger


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ginger

verb gin·ger

Definition of ginger

gin·geredgin·ger·ing play \ˈjinj-riŋ, ˈjin-jə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make lively :  pep up <ginger up the tourist trade — New York Times>



1849

First Known Use of ginger

1849



GINGER Defined for Kids

ginger

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noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Definition of ginger

  1. :  a hot spice obtained from the root of a tropical plant and used especially to season foods




Medical Dictionary

ginger

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noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Medical Definition of ginger

  1. 1a:  a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes in medicineb:  the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding ginger

  2. 2:  any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes; especially :  a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most of the ginger of commerce





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