Any of various sedges of the genus Cyperus, especially C. longus of Europe, having rough-edged leaves, reddish spikelets, and aromatic roots.
Origin of galingale
- Middle English aromatic root of any of several kinds of plants, galangal galangal
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, via Old French from Arabic كالانجان (ḵalanjān), probably from Chinese 高粱酒姜 (gāoliángjiāng), from 高粱酒 (gāoliáng, a district in Guongdong Province, China) + 姜 (jiāng, "ginger").