[gal-in-geyl, -ing-]


any sedge of the genus Cyperus, especially an Old World species, C. longus, having aromatic roots.

Origin of galingale

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French galingal, garingal < Arabic khalanjān < Persian khūlanjān Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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