galingale

noun
gal·​in·​gale | \ ˈga-lən-ˌgāl How to pronounce galingale (audio) , -liŋ-\

Definition of galingale

1 : an Old World sedge (Cyperus longus) broadly : any of various other sedges of the same genus
2 : galangal

First Known Use of galingale

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galingale

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, galangal; sedges of the genus Cyperus so called from their aromatic rhizomes

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