galangal

noun

gal·​an·​gal ˈga-lən-ˌgal How to pronounce galangal (audio)
-liŋ-,
gə-ˈlaŋ-gəl How to pronounce galangal (audio)
1
: either of two eastern Asian perennial herbs (Alpinia galanga and A. officinarum) of the ginger family with dark green sword-shaped leaves and pungent aromatic rhizomes
2
: the fresh, dried, or ground rhizome of a galangal used in cookery as a spice and in medicine

Examples of galangal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While many of those spices are Middle Eastern, Thai ingredients such as lemongrass, coconut milk and galangal are also present. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 28 May 2024 The floral notes of lemongrass, the earthy galangal, freshness of kaffir lime leaves and the heat of the chilies. Zoe Li, CNN, 2 May 2023 This central-Thai specialty—catfish dry-braised in galangal, Kaffir lime leaves, and an abundance of spices—is probably my favorite thing to eat in LA. James Oseland, Saveur, 9 Feb. 2010 The Thai broth, however, boasts a beautifully bright bouquet, with the flavors of lime, lemongrass, ginger and galangal all wrapped up in a spicy, aromatic punch. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 17 Feb. 2020 The hazelnut and chocolate bites are silky smooth thanks to the addition of avocado, and the coconut and lemon version gets some zip from ginger and galangal. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, 25 Oct. 2019 Its aromas — of galangal, ginger and shallot — bloom further in the roasting. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 14 Nov. 2019 The menu at Banana Leaf Kitchen is small, but standouts include the Lao sausage, made with fat-heavy pork, galangal and lemongrass. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2019 Add the fresh ginger, galangal, kaffir lime peel and turmeric. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English galingale, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin galingala, galanga, borrowed (by uncertain mediation) from Arabic khalanjān, khūlanjān, khaulanjān, borrowed from Persian khāvalinjān, of obscure origin

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of galangal was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Galangal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galangal. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

galangal

noun
gal·​an·​gal gə-ˈlaŋ-gəl How to pronounce galangal (audio)
1
: either of two eastern Asian perennial herbs (Alpinia galanga and A. officinarum) of the ginger family with dark green sword-shaped leaves and pungent aromatic rhizomes
2
: the fresh, dried, or ground rhizome of a galangal used in cookery as a spice and sometimes medicinally

called also galangal root

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