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allium

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noun al·li·um \ˈa-lē-əm\

Definition of allium

  1. :  any of a large genus (Allium) of bulbous herbs of the lily family including the onion, garlic, chive, leek, and shallot



Origin and Etymology of allium

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, garlic


First Known Use: 1597

Rhymes with allium


Medical Dictionary

allium

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noun al·li·um \ˈal-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of allium

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of bulbous herbs (as an onion, garlic, or leek) of the lily family distinguished by a characteristic odor, sheathing, mostly basal leaves, and clusters of usually white, blue, purple, pink, or red flowers

  2. 2a:  a plant of the genus Alliumb:  the bulb of garlic formerly used in medicine especially as an expectorant and rubefacient




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