galangal

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noun gal·an·gal \ˈga-lən-ˌgal, -liŋ-\

Definition of galangal

  1. 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. 2 :  the fresh, dried, or ground rhizome of a galangal used in cookery as a spice and in medicine

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


First Known Use: 13th century


Medical Dictionary

galangal

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noun gal·an·gal \gə-ˈlaŋ-gəl\

Medical Definition of galangal

  1. 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. 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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