[ram-zuh n, -suh n]


a garlic, Allium ursinum, having broad leaves.
Usually ramsons. its bulbous root, used as a relish.

Origin of ramson

before 1000; Middle English ramsyn (orig. plural, taken as singular); Old English hramesan, plural of hramsa broad-leafed garlic; cognate with Greek krómmyon onion
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British Dictionary definitions for ramsons


pl n (usually functioning as singular)

a broad-leaved garlic, Allium ursinum, native to Europe and Asia
the bulbous root of this plant, eaten as a relish

Word Origin for ramsons

Old English hramesa; related to Middle Low German ramese Norwegian rams
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