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allium

[al-ee-uh m] /ˈæl i əm/
noun
1.
any bulbous plant belonging to the genus Allium, of the amaryllis family, having an onion odor and flowers in a round cluster, including the onion, leek, shallot, garlic, and chive.
2.
a substance occurring in garlic bulbs that has antibiotic properties.
Origin of allium
1800-1810
1800-10; < New Latin, Latin: garlic
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allium

/ˈælɪəm/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Allium, such as the onion, garlic, shallot, leek, or chive: family Alliaceae
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: garlic
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