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Friday, June 17, 2016

Definitions for alliaceous

  1. having the odor or taste of garlic, onion, etc.
  2. Botany. belonging to the genus Allium (formerly the family Alliaceae).

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Citations for alliaceous
Officially, asafetida is "a gum resin with an alliaceous odor." That's putting it mildly; in my lifetime I have eaten onions, garlic, wild leeks, scallions, and such, but the odor from the bag of asafetida made all other smells I have ever encountered absolute aromas and fragrant attars. Harry Botsford, "Rigorous Remedies," The Rotarian, July 1957
Wolfbane Alliaceous Mozart--classical composer and inventor of vampire repellent. Slugger--his pet bat. Grace Frary, "New York Magazine Competition" New York, March 16, 1981
Origin of alliaceous
Alliaceous stems from the Latin allium meaning "garlic." It entered English in the mid-1700s.