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.
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.