Definition of galingale in English:


Line breaks: gal¦in|gale
Pronunciation: /ˈgalɪŋˌgeɪl


  • 1 (also English galingale or sweet galingale) A Eurasian sedge with an aromatic rhizome, formerly used in perfumes.
    • Cyperus longus, family Cyperaceae
    More 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’.


late 16th century: variant of galangal.

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