ginger

Ginger is a plant with a thick root that's used to spice food. You can make homemade ginger ale using grated ginger.

Ginger is an important spice all over the world, appearing in things like ginger beer, ginger bread, many Indian dishes, Chinese food, and ginger tea. Since ginger is native to South Asia, it's most commonly found in countries on that continent. Many people use ginger as a home remedy or medicine, as well as a food. In Britain, and increasingly in the US, it's common to describe red hair as ginger.

Definitions of ginger
  1. noun
    perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
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    Canton ginger, Zingiber officinale, common ginger, stem ginger
    tropical Asian plant widely cultivated for its pungent root; source of gingerroot and powdered ginger
    Alpinia galanga, galangal
    southeastern Asian perennial with aromatic roots
    Alpinia officinalis, Alpinia officinarum, lesser galangal
    Chinese perennial with pyramidal racemes of white flowers and pungent aromatic roots used medicinally and as flavoring
    Alpinia purpurata, red ginger
    an ornamental ginger native to Pacific islands
    Alpinia Zerumbet, Alpinia speciosa, Languas speciosa, shall-flower, shell ginger, shellflower
    cultivated for its shining oblong leaves and arching clusters of white flowers with pink shading and crinkled yellow lips with variegated magenta stripes
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    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  2. noun
    pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Asian cookery
    synonyms: gingerroot
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    flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning
    something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
  3. noun
    dried ground gingerroot
    synonyms: powdered ginger
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    spice
    any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food
  4. adjective
    (used especially of hair or fur) having a bright orange-brown color
    “a ginger kitten”
    synonyms: gingery
    colored, colorful, coloured
    having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
  5. verb
    add ginger to in order to add flavor
    ginger the soup”
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    spice, spice up, zest
    add herbs or spices to
  6. noun
    liveliness and energy
    synonyms: pep, peppiness
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    life, liveliness, spirit, sprightliness
    animation and energy in action or expression
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