• WordNet 3.6
    • n Alpinia perennial rhizomatous herbs of Asia and Australia and Polynesia having ginger-scented rhizomes
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alpinia A genus of stove herbs of the family Zinziberaceæ, cultivated for both the foliage and the racemes or panicles of flowers. There are about 60 species of this genus found in tropical and subtropical Asia, the islands of the Pacific Ocean, and Australia. The species most commonly cultivated is A. nutans, a plant with very beautiful foliage, sometimes known as the shell-flower.
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In literature:

A fine Alpinia occurred near Wulloboom.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith