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1a hot fragrant spice made from the rhizome of a plant. It is chopped or powdered for cooking, preserved in syrup, or candied. spirit; mettle:he had more ginger than her first husband 2a Southeast Asian plant, which resembles bamboo in appearance, from which this rhizome is taken.
- Zingiber officinale, family Zingiberaceae
3a light reddish-yellow or orange-brown color. British informal
, usually derogatory a red-haired or ginger-haired person.
(chiefly of hair or fur) of a light reddish-yellow or orange-brown color. (of a cat) having ginger fur:a ginger tom informal
, usually derogatory (of a person) having red or ginger hair.
verb [with object]
(usually as adjective gingered
) flavor with ginger:gingered chicken wings
(ginger someone/something up
) stimulate; enliven:she slapped his hand lightly to ginger him up