From Middle English, via Old French from Arabic قَالَنْجَان (qālanjān), probably from Chinese 高粱姜 (gāoliángjiāng), from 高粱 (gāoliáng, “sorghum”) + 姜 (jiāng, “ginger”).
galingale (countable and uncountable, 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.