noun \ˈa-lē-əm\

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

Rhymes with ALLIUM


noun \ˈal-ē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALLIUM

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
a : a plant of the genus Allium b : the bulb of garlic formerly used in medicine especially as an expectorant and rubefacient


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant of a large genus (Allium) of bulbous, onion- or garlic-scented herbs of the Alliaceae family, including the onion, garlic, chive, leek, and shallot. Allium species are found in most regions of the world except the tropics and New Zealand and Australia. Some are cultivated as ornamental border plants.


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