[Fr., from L. Zingiber.] The root-stock of a plant which grows in the East Indies, Africa, and the West Indies. The finest ginger is from Jamaica. Ginger is useful for headaches and asthma, and for flavoring cakes, puddings, ginger-bread, etc. The pale-yellow ginger is the finest; black ginger is of an inferior quality, and is sometimes made into ground ginger. When whitened by chloride of lime, ginger is called bleached ginger. Preserved ginger is the ginger preserved while soft in a thick syrup. It is imported from India and China.