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allium

[al-ee-uh m]
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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.
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Origin of allium

1800–10; < New Latin, Latin: garlic
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allium

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

C19: from Latin: garlic
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