Definitions for galangalgəˈlæŋ gəl
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galangal, Alpinia galanga(noun)
southeastern Asian perennial with aromatic roots
galingale, galangal, Cyperus longus(noun)
European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic roots
Any of several east Asian plants of the ginger family, used as a spice, but principally Alpinia galanga.
Origin: From galingal, from قالنجان (cognate with Persian قولنجان, Sanskrit कुलञ्जन), perhaps from 高良薑, from 高良 (a district in China) + 薑.
the pungent aromatic rhizome or tuber of certain East Indian or Chinese species of Alpinia (A. Galanga and A. officinarum) and of the Kaempferia Galanga), -- all of the Ginger family
Origin: [OE. galingale, OF. galingal, garingal, F. galanga (cf. Sp. galanga), prob. fr. Ar. khalanjn. ]
Galangal is a rhizome of plants in the ginger family Zingiberaceae, with culinary and medicinal uses originating in Indonesia.. The rhizomes are used in various Asian cuisines. Though it is related to and resembles ginger, there is little similarity in taste. In its raw form, galangals have a stronger taste than common ginger. They are available as a whole rhizome, cut or powdered. The whole fresh rhizome is very hard, and slicing it requires a sharp knife. A mixture of galangal and lime juice is used as a tonic in parts of Southeast Asia. In the Indonesian language, the greater galangal and lesser galangal are both called lengkuas or laos, while Kaempferia galanga is known as kencur. It is also known as galanggal, and somewhat confusingly galingale, which is also the name for several plants of the unrelated Cyperus genus of sedges. In Thai language, greater galangal is called "ข่า" or "ข่าใหญ่", while lesser galangal is called "ข่าตาแดง". In Vietnamese, greater galangal is called riềng nếp and lesser galangal is called riềng thuốc.
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