leek

[ leek ]
/ lik /

noun

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.

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Origin of leek

before 1000; Middle English; Old English lēac; cognate with German Lauch, Old Norse laukr

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British Dictionary definitions for leek

leek
/ (liːk) /

noun

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 for leek

Old English lēac; related to Old Norse laukr, Old High German louh
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