Definition of zingiber
1 capitalized : a genus of tropical Asiatic and Polynesian plants (family Zingiberaceae) having tuberous rootstocks, leafy stems, and a coned cluster of imbricated bracts of which each bract encloses from one to three flowers — see ginger
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Zingiber
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Origin and Etymology of zingiber
New Latin, from Latin, ginger
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