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.
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How to use allium in a sentence
The dried allium in some form — garlic powder, granulated garlic and garlic salt — has been part of my palate since I was a child enjoying my mother’s recipes.How and when to use garlic powder, a reliable seasoning that deserves respect | Aaron Hutcherson | June 25, 2021 | Washington Post
I found myself making turkey chili, turkey sloppy joes, turkey tacos and turkey kofta kebabs regularly — all dishes that demand assertive seasoning, be it spices, sauces, alliums or herbs.
In most cultures, onions and other alliums are generally used as a component of a dish, not the main attraction.
The combination of the rare, limited availability of these little alliums and the brief window in which they’re available makes them highly coveted among the type of people who obsess about their produce.
Scallions are also great uncooked and have a fresh allium flavor.Onions, shallots, scallions and leeks are mostly interchangeable in recipes. Here’s how to use what you have. | Becky Krystal | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
In Tennessee and West Virginia, festivals are held to celebrate allium tricoccum, which are also known as wild leeks.
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
And here we find in several places the bulblets of a wild garlic, allium Canadense, which grows on the river bottom.Seed Dispersal | William J. Beal
Regel, in 1875, in his monograph of the genus allium, declares he has only seen the shallot as a cultivated species.Origin of Cultivated Plants | Alphonse De Candolle
The allium neapolitanum is the finest white-flowered variety, and is exceedingly valuable for bouquets and vase decoration.The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition | Sutton and Sons
British Dictionary definitions for allium
any plant of the genus Allium, such as the onion, garlic, shallot, leek, or chive: family Alliaceae
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