galangal

noun gal·an·gal \ ˈga-lən-ˌgal , -liŋ- \

Definition of galangal

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

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Origin and Etymology of galangal

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


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galangal

noun gal·an·gal \ gə-ˈlaŋ-gəl \

medical Definition of galangal

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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