noun zin·gi·ber \ˈzinjəbə(r)\

Definition of zingiber

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Zingiber

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Origin and Etymology of zingiber

New Latin, from Latin, ginger — more at ginger

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to cast off or become cast off

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