ginger

ginger mid-14c., from O.E. gingifer, from M.L. gingiber, from L. zingiberi, from Gk. zingiberis, from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera, from Skt. srngaveram, from srngam "horn" + vera- "body," so called from the shape of its root. But this may be Sanskrit folk etymology, and the word may be from an ancient Dravidian name that also produced the Malayalam name for the spice, inchi-ver, from inchi "root." Cf. GIN (Cf. gin) (v.). The word apparently was readopted in M.E. from O.Fr. gingibre (Mod.Fr. gingembre). Meaning "spirit, spunk, temper" is from 1843, Amer.Eng. Ginger-ale recorded by 1822; ginger-snap as a type of cookie is from 1855, Amer.Eng.

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