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1ginger

noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

: 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
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
:  pep <the ginger to … work hard — Willa Cather>
3
:  a light reddish or reddish-brown color <ginger hair>
gin·gery \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

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with GINGER

2ginger

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

Definition of GINGER

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

First Known Use of GINGER

1849
GINGER Defined for Kids

ginger

noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Definition of GINGER for Kids

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

ginger

noun gin·ger \ˈjin-jər\

Medical Definition of GINGER

1
a :  a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes in medicine b :  the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding ginger
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
July 05, 2015
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