Why is a redhead called a GInger?

The reason redheads are called gingers originates from the 18th century, as chickens in England with reddish hair were referred to as gingers. The Oxford English Dictionary now includes the following as one definition of ginger, “a red-haired or sandy-haired person”. By 1865, the word ginger was being used to describe a red-haired person in some of Charles Dickens’ work.
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