1 (also English galingale or sweet galingale) A Eurasian sedge with an aromatic rhizome, formerly used in perfumes.
- Cyperus longus, family Cyperaceae.
- 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’.
Late 16th century: variant of galangal.
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