a reedlike plant, Zingiber officinale, native to the East Indies but now cultivated in most tropical countries, having a pungent, spicy rhizome used in cookery and medicine. Compare ginger family.
any of various related or similar plants.
the rhizome of the ginger plant, ground, chopped, etc. and used as a flavoring.
Informal. piquancy; animation: plenty of ginger in their performance of the dance.
a yellowish or reddish brown.
verb (used with object)
to treat or flavor with ginger.
Informal. to impart piquancy or spirit to; enliven (usually followed by up ): to ginger up a talk with a few jokes.
flavored or made with ginger.

before 1000; Middle English ginger, gingivere < Old French gingivre < Latin gingiber, for zingiberi < Greek zingíberis; replacing Old English gingiber < Latin, as above Unabridged


a female given name, form of Virginia or Regina. Unabridged
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ginger (ˈdʒɪndʒə)
1.  See also galangal Compare wild ginger any of several zingiberaceous plants of the genus Zingiber, esp Z. officinale of the East Indies, cultivated throughout the tropics for its spicy hot-tasting underground stem
2.  the underground stem of this plant, which is used fresh or powdered as a flavouring or crystallized as a sweetmeat
3.  any of certain related plants
4.  a.  a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown colour
 b.  (as adjective): ginger hair
5.  informal liveliness; vigour
6.  informal a person with ginger hair
7.  (tr) to add the spice ginger to (a dish)
[C13: from Old French gingivre, from Medieval Latin gingiber, from Latin zinziberi, from Greek zingiberis, probably from Sanskrit śr̄ngaveram, from śr̄nga- horn + vera- body, referring to its shape]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gingifer, from M.L. gingiber, from L. zingiberi, from Gk. zingiberis, from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera, from Skt. srngaveram, from srngam "horn" + vera- "body," so called from the shape of its root. But this may be Skt. folk-etymology, and the word may be from an ancient Dravidian name that
also produced the Malayalam name for the spice, inchi-ver, from inchi "root." Cf. gin (v.).
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Ginger definition

A simple functional language from the University of Warwick with parallel constructs.
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Example sentences for ginger
The rhizomes are very similar to ginger but have a raw mango taste.
Ginger capsules are also considered effective in preventing motion sickness.
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