noun \ˈgär-lik\

: a plant that is related to the onion and that has small sections (called cloves) which have a strong taste and smell and are used for flavoring foods

Full Definition of GARLIC

:  a European allium (Allium sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery; broadly :  allium
:  a bulb of garlic
gar·licky \-li-kē\ adjective

Examples of GARLIC

  1. The recipe calls for two cloves of garlic, minced.
  2. a pasta dish flavored with basil and garlic

Origin of GARLIC

Middle English garlek, from Old English gārlēac, from gār spear + lēac leek — more at gore
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈgär-lik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GARLIC

: a European bulbous herb of the genus Allium (A. sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery; also : one of the bulbs


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bulbous perennial plant (Allium sativum) of the family Alliaceae, native to central Asia and growing wild in Italy and southern France. The bulbs are used as a flavouring. A classic ingredient in many national cuisines, garlic has a powerful onionlike aroma and pungent taste. Since ancient and medieval times it has been prized for its medicinal properties; it was formerly carried as a charm against vampires and other evils. Garlic bulbs are used sliced or crushed to flavour sauces, stews, and salad dressings. The membranous skin of the garlic bulb encloses up to 20 edible bulblets called cloves. See also allium.


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