Definition of Ginger

1. Noun. Perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems.

2. Verb. Add ginger to in order to add flavor. "Ginger the soup"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Spice, Spice Up, Zest

3. Adjective. (used especially of hair or fur) having a bright orange-brown color. "A ginger kitten"
Exact synonyms: Gingery
Similar to: Colored, Colorful, Coloured

4. Noun. Dried ground gingerroot.
Exact synonyms: Powdered Ginger
Generic synonyms: Spice
Terms within: Gingerroot

5. Noun. Pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Asian cookery.

6. Noun. Liveliness and energy. "This tonic is guaranteed to give you more pep"
Exact synonyms: Pep, Peppiness
Generic synonyms: Life, Liveliness, Spirit, Sprightliness
Derivative terms: Peppy, Peppy

Definition of Ginger

1. n. A plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies. The species most known is Z. officinale.

Definition of Ginger

1. Proper noun. (English male or female given name). ¹

2. Proper noun. a given name reserved for animals having ginger- or orange-coloured fur or feathers. ¹

3. Noun. Any plant of a genus (''Zingiber'', especially ''Zingiber officinale'') of tropical Asiatic and Polynesian herbs of a family (''Zingiberaceae'', the ginger family) with pungent aromatic rhizomes used as a condiment and as a stimulant and acarminative. ¹

4. Noun. The rhizome of this plant used as a spice either as it is or in dried powdered form. ¹

5. Noun. A reddish-brown colour/color. ¹

6. Noun. (colloquial countable) A person with reddish-brown hair; a redhead. ¹

7. Noun. (colloquial uncountable) vitality, vigour, liveliness (of character) ¹

8. Adjective. (''used to describe hair'') Of a reddish-brown colour. ¹

9. Adjective. flavoured with ginger. ¹

10. Verb. To add ginger to. ¹

11. Verb. To enliven, to spice (up). ¹

12. Verb. To move gingerly. ¹

13. Noun. (UK Cockney rhyming slang) a homosexual. ¹

14. Adjective. (UK Cockney rhyming slang) homosexual. ¹

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Definition of Ginger

1. to flavor with ginger (a pungent spice) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Ginger

1. 1. A plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies. The species most known is Z. Officinale. 2. The hot and spicy rootstock of Zingiber officinale, which is much used in cookery and in medicine. Ginger beer or 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 beer (above). Ginger wine, wine impregnated with ginger. Wild ginger, an American herb (Asarum Canadense) with two reniform leaves and a long, cordlike rootstock which has a strong taste of ginger. Origin: OE. Ginger, gingever, gingivere, OF. Gengibre, gingimbre, F. Gingembre, L. Zingiber, zingiberi, fr. Gr.; of Oriental origin; cf. Ar. & Pers. Zenjebil, fr. Skr. Gavera, prop, hornshaped; ga horn + vera body. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ginger

ginger ale
ginger ales
ginger beers
ginger family
ginger knob
ginger nut
ginger oleoresin
ginger paralysis
ginger pop
ginger pops
ginger root
ginger snap
ginger up

Literary usage of Ginger

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Pharmaceutical Journal by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1850)
"Coated Bengal ginger. The coat (epidermis) is greyish yellow, shrivelled and cracked clown the face of the races, exposing the body of the root, ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The use of ginger as a spice has been known from very early times; it was supposed by the Greeks and Romans to be a product of southern Arabia, ..."

3. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1853)
"I have often inquired of old persons likely to know the origin of such names of places at that sea-port as “ The Land of Green ginger,” ..."

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