Ginger rhizomes.



  • The pungent aromatic rhizome of a tropical Asian herb, Zingiber officinale, used as a spice and as a stimulant and acarminative.
  • The plant that produces this rhizome.
  • Other species belonging to the same family, Zingiberaceae, especially those of the genus Zingiber
  • A reddish-brown color.
  • A person with reddish-brown hair; a redhead.
  • Vitality, vigour, liveliness (of character).
  • Ginger ale, or can or bottle of such (especially if dry).
  • Any soft fizzy drink, or can or bottle of such; pop; soda.
  • A homosexual.





  • From Middle English gingere, alteration of gingivere, from Old English gingifer, gingiber (influenced by Old French gingembre), from Medieval Latin gingiber, zingiber, from Latin zingiberi, from Late Ancient Greek ζιγγίβερις, from Sauraseni Prakrit 𑀲𑀺𑀁𑀕𑀺𑀯𑁂𑀭, from Sanskrit शृङ्गवेर (influenced by शृङ्ग), ultimately from Proto-Dravidian *cinki-wēr.
  • Cockney rhyming slang: ginger beer, queer.

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