- a European plant, Allium scorodoprasum, of the amaryllis family, used like garlic.
Origin of rocambole
1690–1700; < French < German Rockenbolle literally, distaff bulb (from its shape)
Also called giant garlic.
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Examples from the Web for rocambole
Deep would answer to deep, Rocambole to M. Lecoq, in protesting against such an omission of their manufacturers.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
The latter parts of Rocambole are surely too sparingly consulted in the country which they celebrate.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition
Robert Louis Stevenson
In every age there have been bands of dangerous creatures, led by such men as Cartouche and Vidocq and Rocambole.
I would give anything to have known Vidocq and Cartouche and Rocambole, and to have seen them at close quarters.
In the same manner take up onions and rocambole, and shalots at the latter end of the month.
- a variety of sand leek whose garlic-like bulb is used for seasoning
C17: from French, from German Rockenbolle, literally: distaff bulb (with reference to its shape)
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