Definition of galangal in English:


Line breaks: gal|an¦gal
Pronunciation: /ˈgal(ə)ŋgal
(also galingale)


[mass noun]
  • An Asian plant of the ginger family, the aromatic rhizome of which is widely used in cookery and herbal medicine.
    • Genera Alpinia and Kaempferia, family Zingiberaceae
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    • In a food processor, purée the lemongrass, garlic, turmeric, galangal, ginger, candlenuts, onion, chilies, and blachan.
    • A typical paste will contain lots of chiles, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, galangal, shrimp paste, black pepper, and sea salt.
    • Coconut, ginger, galangal, red pepper, sesame, tamarind, peanuts, basil and tea leaves - in addition to staples like homemade noodles and white rice - appear frequently in Myanmar's cuisine.


Middle English galingale, via Old French from Arabic ḵalanjān, perhaps from Chinese gāoliángjiāng, from gāoliáng (the name of a district in Guangdong Province, China) + jiāng 'ginger'.

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