[ guh-lang-guhl ]
/ gəˈlæŋ gəl /
the aromatic rhizome of certain eastern Asian plants belonging to the genus Alpinia, of the ginger family, used medicinally and in Southeast Asian cuisine.
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Origin of galangal
First recorded in 1500–10, in the sense “aromatic rhizome of the genus Cyperus”; variant spelling of galingale
Words nearby galangal
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British Dictionary definitions for galangal
/ (ɡəˈlæŋɡəl) /
another name for galingale
a zingiberaceous plant, Alpinia officinarum, of China and the East Indies
the pungent aromatic root of this plant, dried and used as a seasoning and in medicine
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Medical definitions for galangal
[ gə-lăng′gəl ]
A plant of eastern Asia, having pungent, aromatic rhizomes used as an aromatic stimulant and carminative.
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