- 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
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Historical Examples of 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.
- 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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