galingale

noun

gal·​in·​gale ˈga-lən-ˌgāl How to pronounce galingale (audio)
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1
: an Old World sedge (Cyperus longus)
broadly : any of various other sedges of the same genus
2

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of galingale was in 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Galingale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galingale. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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