• WordNet 3.6
    • n galangal European sedge having rough-edged leaves and spikelets of reddish flowers and aromatic roots
    • n galangal southeastern Asian perennial with aromatic roots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Galangal The pungent aromatic rhizome or tuber of certain East Indian or Chinese species of Alpinia Alpinia Galanga and Alpinia officinarum) and of the Kæmpferia Galanga), -- all of the Ginger family.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n galangal A dried rhizome brought from China and used in medicine (but much less than formerly), being an aromatic stimulant of the nature of ginger.
    • n galangal A sedge, Cyperus longus, with an aromatic tuberous root. Also called English galangal.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. galingale, OF. galingal, garingal, F. galanga,cf. Sp. galanga,), prob. fr. Ar. khalanjān,.


In literature:

A galang, or ring of brass wire, represents about the value of a dollar.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Galaong or Galang Bracelets of mother-of-pearl.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer

In poetry:

Medreams I see just now his face, the strawberry-bright,
Uplifted to the blackened heavens, while the tempestuous winds
Blow fiercely over and round him, and the smiting sleet-shower blinds
The hero of Galang to-night!
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

Creamy coconut milk and the pungent Thai ginger, galangal, make this elegant soup at once soothing and exciting.
Chris' Lunchbox: Galangal is Syosset's Thai Nirvana.
Galangal 140 Jericho Tpke.
Creamy coconut milk and the pungent Thai ginger, galangal , make this elegant soup at once soothing and exciting.
Smoked hiramasa with Malort gelee and galangal glass.
Erika Galang and Sanjuanita Hupcey, right, snap photos of the shop's vaulted doors and paint-spattered brickwork.
Learn how to season dishes with lemongrass, kaffir leaves and galangal.