1. either of two plants (genus Alpinia) of the ginger family, whose dried rhizomes yield aromatic substances used in medicines and flavorings
2. any of various plants (genus Cyperus) of the sedge family, some of which have aromatic rootstocks
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Word origin of 'galangal'ME galingale < OFr galingal < ML galingala < Ar khulungān, ult. < ? Chin