From Middle English, via Old French from Arabic كالانجان (ḵalanjān), probably from Chinese 高粱酒姜 (gāoliángjiāng), from 高粱酒 (gāoliáng, a district in Guongdong Province, China) + 姜 (jiāng, "ginger").
galingale (plural galingales)
- Alternative spelling of galangal
- 1980, The Times, 10 Jan 1980, p.12 col. A
- An early English version [of marmelade] was called charedequynce, of which one version included wine, honey, ginger, galingale, cinnamon and wardens as well as quinces.
- One of several species of Cyperus sedges with aromatic rhizomes.