[ jin-jer ]
/ ˈdʒɪn dʒər /
a reedlike plant, Zingiber officinale, native to the East Indies but now cultivated in most tropical countries, having a pungent, spicy rhizome used in cookery and medicine.Compare ginger family.
any of various related or similar plants.
the rhizome of the ginger plant, ground, chopped, etc. and used as a flavoring.
Informal. piquancy; animation: plenty of ginger in their performance of the dance.
a yellowish or reddish brown.
verb (used with object)
to treat or flavor with ginger.
Informal. to impart piquancy or spirit to; enliven (usually followed by up): to ginger up a talk with a few jokes.
flavored or made with ginger.
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Origin of ginger
before 1000; Middle English ginger, gingivere < Old French gingivre < Latin gingiber, for zingiberi < Greek zingíberis; replacing Old English gingiber < Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for ginger up (1 of 2)
(tr, adverb) to enliven (an activity, group, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for ginger up (2 of 2)
/ (ˈdʒɪndʒə) /
any of several zingiberaceous plants of the genus Zingiber, esp Z. officinale of the East Indies, cultivated throughout the tropics for its spicy hot-tasting underground stemSee also galangal Compare wild ginger
the underground stem of this plant, which is used fresh or powdered as a flavouring or crystallized as a sweetmeat
any of certain related plants
- a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown colour
- (as adjective)ginger hair
informal liveliness; vigour
(ˈɡɪŋə) informal a person with ginger hair
(tr) to add the spice ginger to (a dish)
See also ginger up
Word Origin for ginger
C13: from Old French gingivre, from Medieval Latin gingiber, from Latin zinziberi, from Greek zingiberis, probably from Sanskrit śr̄ngaveram, from śr̄nga- horn + vera- body, referring to its shape
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