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