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galingale

Syllabification: gal·in·gale
Pronunciation: /ˈɡalinˌɡāl
 
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Definition of galingale in English:

noun

1A Eurasian sedge with an aromatic rhizome, formerly used in perfumes.
[ late 16th century: variant of galangal]
  • Cyperus longus, family Cyperaceae
Example sentences
  • When we speak of nutsedges, umbrella-sedges or galingales, we're referring to species in the genus Cyperus.
  • The sweet galingale with its terminal umbels of stiff spiky leaves has bent over double.
  • Gerard's English galingale is a sedge and was known as Cyperus longus by physicians and herbalists long before Linnaeus made the name ‘official’.
2 variant spelling of galangal.

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