from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various sedges of the genus Cyperus, especially C. longus of Europe, having rough-edged leaves, reddish spikelets, and aromatic roots.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of galangal.
- n. One of several species of Cyperus sedges with aromatic rhizomes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the Sedge family (Cyperus longus) having aromatic roots; also, any plant of the same genus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See galangal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic roots
Middle English, a kind of root, from Old French galingal, from Arabic ḫulunjān, from Chinese (Mandarin) Gāoliáng jiāng, a kind of ginger : Gāoliáng, an area in Guangdong province + jiāng, ginger.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, via Old French from Arabic كالانجان (ḵalanjān), probably from Chinese 高粱酒姜 (gāoliángjiāng), from 高粱酒 (gāoliáng, a district in Guongdong Province, China) + 姜 (jiāng, "ginger"). (Wiktionary)