[ gal-in-geyl, -ing- ]
/ ˈgæl ɪnˌgeɪl, -ɪŋ- /
Save This Word!
any sedge of the genus Cyperus, especially an Old World species, C. longus, having aromatic roots.
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Origin of galingale
First recorded in 1275–1325, in the sense “aromatic rhizome of the genus Alpinia”; Middle English galyngal, galyngale from Middle French galingal, garingal, from Medieval Latin galinga, galanga, galingala, from Arabic khalanjān, khalunjān, khūlunjān, from Persian khūlanjān; further origin uncertain; cf. galangal
Words nearby galingale
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021
Example sentences from the Web for galingale
Thence they cut them pointed flag-leaves, and deep marsh-galingale.
There are oak trees—here only galingale blows, here sweetly hum the bees about the hives!
Here be oak trees, and here the galingale, and sweetly here hum the bees about the hives.
British Dictionary definitions for galingale
/ (ˈɡælɪŋˌɡeɪl) /
a European cyperaceous plant, Cyperus longus, with rough-edged leaves, reddish spikelets of flowers, and aromatic roots
Word Origin for galingale
C13: from Old French galingal, from Arabic khalanjān, from Chinese kaoliang-chiang, from Kaoliang district in Guangdong province + chiang ginger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012