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[gal-in-geyl, -ing-]
  1. any sedge of the genus Cyperus, especially an Old World species, C. longus, having aromatic roots.
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Origin of galingale

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French galingal, garingal < Arabic khalanjān < Persian khūlanjān
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Historical Examples of galingale

  • There are oak trees—here only galingale blows, here sweetly hum the bees about the hives!

    Theocritus, Bion and Moschus


  • Here be oak trees, and here the galingale, and sweetly here hum the bees about the hives.

British Dictionary definitions for galingale



  1. a European cyperaceous plant, Cyperus longus, with rough-edged leaves, reddish spikelets of flowers, and aromatic roots
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Word Origin for galingale

C13: from Old French galingal, from Arabic khalanjān, from Chinese kaoliang-chiang, from Kaoliang district in Guangdong province + chiang ginger
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