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ginger lily

noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Hedychium, of the ginger family, native to Asia, especially the white ginger, H. coronarium, having white, fragrant flowers.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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any ornamental plant of the genus Hedychium, of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). About 50 species occur in tropical and subtropical regions (e.g., India, southwestern China). The rhizomes (underground stems) are gingerlike (i.e., fleshy with a yellow or bluish interior). Several species from the Malay Peninsula and Oceania are epiphytic-i.e., supported by other plants and having aerial roots exposed to the humid atmosphere. The approximately 70-centimetre- (2-foot-) long leaves are green above and bluish on the underside; in one species (Hedychium greenei) the leaves are dark green above and red underneath. The sweetly scented flowers are borne in spirally arranged clusters

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