the aromatic, medicinal rhizome of certain eastern Asian plants belonging to the genus Alpinia, of the ginger family.
Origin of galangal
variant of galingale
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A plant of eastern Asia, having pungent, aromatic rhizomes used as an aromatic stimulant and carminative.
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