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

Origin of galangal

variant of galingale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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