allium

noun al·li·um \ ˈa-lē-əm \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of allium

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

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Origin and Etymology of allium

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, garlic


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allium

noun al·li·um \ ˈal-ē-əm \

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

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