alpinia

noun
al·pin·ia | \ alˈpinēə \

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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First Known Use of alpinia

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alpinia

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

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