- a plant, Allium ampeloprasum, of the amaryllis family, allied to the onion, having a cylindrical bulb and leaves used in cookery.
- any of various allied species.
Origin of leek
Examples from the Web for leek
Prasiosmus means smelling like a leek; from, prason, a leek.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
There must be half a mile of fluff over it in this weather, but it does not affect The Leek.With The Night Mail
Eat, I pray you: Will you have some more sauce to your leek?
I say, I will make him eat some part of my leek, or I will peat his pate four days.
Place the beans, water, onion and leek in a large saucepan and place on the fire.New Vegetarian Dishes
- Also called: scallion an alliaceous plant, Allium porrum, with a slender white bulb, cylindrical stem, and broad flat overlapping leaves: used in cooking
- any of several related species, such as A. ampeloprasum (wild leek)
- a leek, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales
Word Origin and History for leek
culinary herb, Old English læc (Mercian), leac (West Saxon) "leek, onion, garlic," from Proto-Germanic *lauka- (cf. Old Norse laukr "leek, garlic," Danish løg, Swedish lök "onion," Old Saxon lok "leek," Middle Dutch looc, Dutch look "leek, garlic," Old High German louh, German Lauch "leek"). No known cognates; Finnish laukka, Russian luk-, Old Church Slavonic luku are borrowed from Germanic.