allium

[al-ee-uh m]
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

1800–10; < New Latin, Latin: garlic
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Contemporary Examples of allium

  • In Tennessee and West Virginia, festivals are held to celebrate allium tricoccum, which are also known as wild leeks.

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    What to Eat: Spring Feast

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    March 9, 2010

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British Dictionary definitions for allium

allium

noun
  1. any plant of the genus Allium, such as the onion, garlic, shallot, leek, or chive: family Alliaceae

Word Origin for allium

C19: from Latin: garlic
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