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[guh-lang-guh l]
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  1. the aromatic, medicinal rhizome of certain eastern Asian plants belonging to the genus Alpinia, of the ginger family.
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Origin of galangal

variant of galingale
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British Dictionary definitions for galangal


  1. another name for galingale
  2. a zingiberaceous plant, Alpinia officinarum, of China and the East Indies
  3. the pungent aromatic root of this plant, dried and used as a seasoning and in medicine
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galangal in Medicine


  1. A plant of eastern Asia, having pungent, aromatic rhizomes used as an aromatic stimulant and carminative.
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