- [Bot] A plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies. The species most known is Zingiber officinale.
- The hot and spicy rootstock of Zingiber officinale, which is much used in cookery and in medicine.
Etymology: OE. ginger gingever gingivere, OF. gengibre gingimbre, F. gingembre, L. zingiber zingiberi, fr. Gr. �; of Oriental origin; cf. Ar. & Pers. zenjebīl, fr. Skr. çṛṅgavëra, prop., hornshaped; ���ga horn + vëra body