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
plural -s : a plant of the genus Alpinia

Word History


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

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“Alpinia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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