Definition of alpinia
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 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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