galangal means: It is a root spice that’s related to ginger. The musky taste reminds me of saffron. You can find it dried in whole, in pieces or as a powder. (in Cooking Dictionary)

What else does galangal mean?

You can choose from one of the two options. (Alpinia galanga Or A. officinarum) A pungent and aromatic rhizome from eastern Asia that is used as a seasoning or medicinal ingredient. (in Merlin Dictionary)

These plants’ dried roots can be used as a substitute for fresh root. (in Merlin Dictionary)