galingale

[gal-in-geyl, -ing-]

Origin of galingale

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

galangal

noun
  1. 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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