- 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.
- a substance occurring in garlic bulbs that has antibiotic properties.
Origin of allium
Examples from the Web for allium
Contemporary Examples of allium
In Tennessee and West Virginia, festivals are held to celebrate allium tricoccum, which are also known as wild leeks.What to Eat: Spring Feast
March 9, 2010
Historical Examples of allium
The Mohammedans do not seem to have reverenced the Allium tribe.Storyology
From the bruised bulbs or cloves of Allium sativum, or garlic.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Moly seems to have been Allium moly, one of the onion or garlic family.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
From all these facts I am led to believe that Allium ascalonicum is not a species.Origin of Cultivated Plants
Alphonse De Candolle
There are several kinds of Muilla, much like Brodiaea and very much like Allium, but with no onion taste or smell.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
- any plant of the genus Allium, such as the onion, garlic, shallot, leek, or chive: family Alliaceae