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1. A plant (Zingiber officinale) of tropical southeast Asia having yellowish-green flowers and a pungent, aromatic rhizome.
2. The rhizome of this plant, often dried and powdered and used as a spice. Also called gingerroot.
3. a. Any of several related plants having variously colored, often fragrant flowers. b. Wild ginger.
4. Color. A strong brown.
5. Informal. Spirit and liveliness; vigor.
gingered, gingering, gingers
1. To spice with ginger.
2. Informal. To make lively: A steel drum band gingered up the party.
[Middle English gingivere, from Old English gingifer and from Old French gingivre, both from Medieval Latin gingiber, from Latin zingiberi, from Greek zingiberis, of Middle Indic origin (akin to Pali singiveram), from Dravidian : akin to Tamil iñci, ginger (of southeast Asian origin) + Tamil vêr, root.]
- gin´gery adjective
ginger, common name for perennial herbs of the tropical and subtropical family Zingiberaceae. Many are important for their aromatic oils. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is cultivated for its root, which is candied or dried for medicines and spice. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and the seeds of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) are similarly used, and often combined with ginger to make a curry.
Economics, Finance, and Retailing, 1494
Genoese merchant Hieronomo de Santo Stephano visits Calicut on the coast of India and observes trade in ginger and pepper.
Food and Drink, 1585
Jamaican ginger reaches Europe on a ship from the West Indies. It is the first Asian spice to have been grown successfully in the New World.
ginger ale noun
An effervescent, sweetened soft drink flavored with ginger.
Food and Drink, 1890
Canada Dry ginger ale has its beginnings in a small Toronto plant opened by local pharmacist John J. McLaughlin to manufacture carbonated water for sale to drugstores as a mixer for fruit juices and flavored extracts. McLaughlin will soon start making his own extracts and will develop a beverage he will call McLaughlin Belfast Style Ginger Ale.
ginger group noun
A highly active or galvanizing group within a larger organization or body.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Native to the tropics, ginger's thin, broad leaves are attached to a surprisingly succulent, spicy rhizome. The herb originated near the Indian Ocean, but it is now grown throughout the tropics.
Extraction: Distilled from unpeeled, ground rhizome. Absolute, concrete and CO2. The fragrance is spicy, warm and sharp.
Medicinal Action: Ginger oil treats colds, fevers, appetite loss, indigestion, nausea, and genital, urinary and lung infections, and is anti-inflammatory. It makes a warming liniment. It destroys many types of intestinal parasites. Studies show it increases drug and herb absorption, normalizes blood pressure and helps protect the liver.
Emotional Attribute: Ginger is a stimulant and aphrodisiac.
Galanga (Alpina officinalis) --This native of China has actions similar to ginger. It is often confused with "false-ginger"
(Kaemferia galanga) oil.