Dried galangal root.
galangal definition by Webster's New World
- 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
galangal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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