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leek

[ leek ]

noun

  1. a cultivated plant, Allium ampeloprasum, of the amaryllis family, related to the onion, with a long cylindrical bundle of straplike leaves that are used in cooking, especially the paler portion near the base.
  2. any of various onion-related plants, especially the wild leek, Allium ampeloprasum, from which the culinary leek was cultivated.


leek

/ liːk /

noun

  1. Also calledscallion an alliaceous plant, Allium porrum, with a slender white bulb, cylindrical stem, and broad flat overlapping leaves: used in cooking
  2. any of several related species, such as A. ampeloprasum (wild leek)
  3. a leek, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales


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Word History and Origins

Origin of leek1

First recorded before 1000; from Middle English lek, leck, leike; Old English lēac, lēc, lēc; cognate with German Lauch, Dutch look, Old Norse laukr

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Word History and Origins

Origin of leek1

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

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Example Sentences

Melted leeks are sweeter and richer in flavor, while scallions provide a nice crunch and sharp flavor for garnishing a dish.

From Vox

Add the leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 4 to 5 minutes.

It’s made with early-harvest vegetables — leeks, peas, new potatoes, spinach and herbs — and is simply seasoned so their delicate flavors come through clearly.

True to its roots, this dish is adaptable to just about any combination of vegetables you have on hand, such as asparagus, peas, potato, leeks, broccoli, you name it.

The end result was a sheet of bronzed chicken with a heap of soft-but-not-mushy peas and leeks infused with the rendered chicken fat.

From Eater

Lon did so with a proper pantomime of indifference, but it was a leek to eat, and there was no denying it.

Ees eet dat de amiable Mrs. Croydon she do have a deeferent husband leek a sailor mans een all de harbors?

We got out to the road about dark, and reached Leek, Springs where we found some grass, and camped.

Though my head be like a leek, white, may not my heart be like the blade, green?

It is said that Mr. Wardle, of Leek, is now seeking for dyes of pure unadulterated colours, and mordants to fix them.

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