alpinia

noun

al·​pin·​ia
alˈpinēə
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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alpinia was in 1799

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near alpinia

Cite this Entry

“Alpinia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpinia. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!