[ gahr-lik ]
/ ˈgɑr lɪk /


a hardy plant, Allium sativum, of the amaryllis family whose strongly, pungent bulb is used in cookery and medicine.
any of various other plants of the genus Allium.
the bulb of such a plant, consisting of smaller bulbs, or cloves, used in cooking, sometimes in the form of a powder or flakes.
the flavor or smell of this bulb.


cooked, flavored, or seasoned with garlic: garlic bread; garlic salt.
of or relating to garlic.

Origin of garlic

before 1000; Middle English garlec, Old English gārlēac (gar spear (cognate with German Ger) + lēac leek)

Related forms

gar·licked, gar·lick·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for garlicky (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɡɑːlɪkɪ) /


containing or resembling the taste or odour of garlic

British Dictionary definitions for garlicky (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɡɑːlɪk) /


a hardy widely cultivated Asian alliaceous plant, Allium sativum, having a stem bearing whitish flowers and bulbils
  1. the bulb of this plant, made up of small segments (cloves) that have a strong odour and pungent taste and are used in cooking
  2. (as modifier)a garlic taste
any of various other plants of the genus Allium

Word Origin for garlic

Old English gārlēac, from gār spear + lēac leek
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