Definition of allium
: any of a large genus (Allium) of bulbous herbs of the lily family including the onion, garlic, chive, leek, and shallot
Origin of allium
New Latin, genus name, from Latin, garlic
First Known Use: 1597
Medical Definition of allium
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
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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