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[al-ee-ey-shuh s]
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  1. Botany. belonging to the genus Allium (formerly the family Alliaceae).Compare allium.
  2. having the odor or taste of garlic, onion, etc.

Origin of alliaceous

1785–95; < Latin alli(um) garlic + -aceous
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British Dictionary definitions for alliaceous


  1. of or relating to Allium, a genus of plants that have a strong onion or garlic smell and often have bulbs: family Alliaceae . The genus occurs in the N hemisphere and includes onion, garlic, leek, chive, and shallot
  2. tasting or smelling like garlic or onions
  3. of, relating to, or belonging to the Alliaceae, a family of flowering plants that includes the genus Allium

Word Origin

C18: from Latin allium garlic; see -aceous
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