Definition of alkekengi in English:

alkekengi

(also alkekenge, alkekeng)

noun

rare
  • The Chinese lantern plant, Physalis alkekengi (family Solanaceae).

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Promptorium Parvulorum. From Middle French alkakenge, alkacange, alkekange, etc., alkekengi, alchechingi, alcacangi, etc. and its etymon post-classical Latin alkakengi, alkekengi from Arabic al-kākanj from al the + kākanj winter cherry from an unattested Pahlavi form corresponding to Persian kākuna winter cherry, nightshade.

Pronunciation

alkekengi

/alkɪˈkɛndʒi/