leek

[leek]
noun
  1. a plant, Allium ampeloprasum, of the amaryllis family, allied to the onion, having a cylindrical bulb and leaves used in cookery.
  2. any of various allied species.

Origin of leek

before 1000; Middle English; Old English lēac; cognate with German Lauch, Old Norse laukr
Can be confusedleak leek
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leek

noun
  1. Also called: scallion 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

Word Origin for leek

Old English lēac; related to Old Norse laukr, Old High German louh
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Word Origin and History for leek
n.

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.

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