Dried galangal root.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- either of two plants (genus Alpinia) of the ginger family, whose dried rhizomes yield aromatic substances used in medicines and flavorings
- any of various plants (genus Cyperus) of the sedge family, some of which have aromatic rootstocks
Origin: Middle English galingale from Old French galingal from Midieval Latin galingala from Arabic khulungān, ultimately from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Chinese
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- A plant (Alpinia officinarum) of eastern Asia, having pungent, aromatic roots used medicinally and as seasoning.
- The dried roots of this plant.
Origin: Variant of galingale.
galangal - Medical Definition