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ga·lan·gal

, galanga (ga-lan'găl, -gă),
The rhizome of Alpinia officinarum (family Zingiberaceae); an aromatic stimulant and carminative.
Synonym(s): Chinese ginger
[Mediev. L. galanga, mild ginger, fr. Chinese]

galangal

(găl′ən-găl′, gə-lăng′gəl)
n.
1. Either of two plants (Alpinia galanga or A. officinarum) of eastern Asia, having pungent, aromatic rhizomes used medicinally and as seasoning.
2. The dried roots of either of these plants. In both senses also called galingale.
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Thus, galingale was introduced into English from Old French, which in turn adopted it from Arabic, although it is originally Chinese, according to the OED.