noun al·pin·ia \alˈpinēə\

Definition of alpinia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of herbs (family Zingiberaceae) found in Asia, Australia, and Polynesia with showy very irregular flowers and large aromatic rootstocks — see galingale

  2. 2 plural -s :  a plant of the genus Alpinia

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Origin and Etymology of alpinia

New Latin, from Prospero Alpini †1617 Italian botanist + New Latin -ia

First Known Use: 1799

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