One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Eurasian sedge with an aromatic rhizome, formerly used in perfumes.
Cyperus longus, family Cyperaceae
- ‘The sweet galingale with its terminal umbels of stiff spiky leaves has bent over double.’
- ‘Gerard's English galingale is a sedge and was known as Cyperus longus by physicians and herbalists long before Linnaeus made the name ‘official’.’
- ‘When we speak of nutsedges, umbrella-sedges or galingales, we're referring to species in the genus Cyperus.’
- ‘The number of rare species includes the serpentine thrift (Armeria vulgaris serpentini), the pannonian thyme, the prostrated speedwell, the English galingale and the mudwort.’
2variant spelling of galangal
Late 16th century: variant of galangal.
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