ginger, n. [OE. ginger, gingever, gingivere, OF. gengibre, gingimbre, F. gingembre, L. zingiber, zingiberi, fr. Gr. ; of Oriental origin; cf. Ar. & Pers. zenjebīl, fr. Skr. , prop., hornshaped; ga horn + vëra body.].
Ginger ale (a) a soft drink flavored with ginger and carbonated. (a) See ginger beer, below. -- Ginger beer or Ginger ale, a mild beer impregnated with ginger. -- Ginger cordial, a liquor made from ginger, raisins, lemon rind, and water, and sometimes whisky or brandy. -- Ginger pop. See Ginger ale (above). -- Ginger wine, wine impregnated with ginger. -- Wild ginger (Bot.), an American herb (Asarum Canadense) with two reniform leaves and a long, cordlike rootstock which has a strong taste of ginger.
A plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies. The species most known is Zingiber officinale. [1913 Webster]
The hot and spicy rootstock of Zingiber officinale, which is much used in cookery and in medicine. [1913 Webster]
ginger, n., adj., & v.
1 a a hot spicy root usu. powdered for use in cooking, or preserved in syrup, or candied. b the plant, Zingiber officinale, of SE Asia, having this root.
2 a light reddish-yellow colour.
3 spirit, mettle.
--adj. of a ginger colour.
1 flavour with ginger.
2 (foll. by up) rouse or enliven.
black ginger unscraped ginger. ginger ale an effervescent non-alcoholic clear drink flavoured with ginger extract. ginger beer an effervescent mildly alcoholic cloudy drink, made by fermenting a mixture of ginger and syrup. ginger group Brit. a group within a party or movement that presses for stronger or more radical policy or action. ginger-nut a ginger-flavoured biscuit. ginger-pop colloq. = ginger ale. ginger-snap a thin brittle biscuit flavoured with ginger. ginger wine a drink of fermented sugar, water, and bruised ginger.
ME f. OE gingiber & OF gingi(m)bre, both f. med.L gingiber ult. f. Skr. srngaveram f. srngam horn + -vera body, with ref. to the antler-shape of the root
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