ginger
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, alteration of Old English gingifer, from Medieval Latin gingiber, alteration of Latin zingiber, from Greek zingiberi, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Pali siṅgivēra ginger Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes medicinally (2) the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding ginger b. any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes; especially a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most commercial ginger — compare wild ginger 2. pep <
the ginger to…work hard — Willa Cather
>
3. a light reddish or reddish-brown color <
ginger hair
>
gingery adjective II. transitive verb (gingered; gingering) Date: 1849 to make lively ; pep up <
ginger up the tourist trade — New York Times
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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