al·li·um | \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

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Also plant summer-flowering bulbs: alliums, cannas, hostas and daylilies. idahostatesman, "A gardening to do list for March and April | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 Purple globes of ornamental alliums strutted their stuff. Hattie Bernstein,, "Cool down this summer in these magical gardens," 5 July 2018 Wild Zora goes a step further than most other brands and lists whether each meal is free of nightshade, allium, gluten, dairy, grain, or dairy. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "This Is the Golden Age of Backpacking Food," 27 June 2018 With all due respect, the delicate allium of the leeks should be appreciated without any pushy cousin’s company, and the eating-interest is boosted, in my humble opinion, by leaving some smaller bits of potato slice intact. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Can you say vichyssoise?," 13 June 2018 Companion planting with alliums, which naturally ward off slugs, is also a good idea. Louisa Shafia, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Vegetable Garden," 3 May 2018 Right now, crops near-ready for harvesting include alliums - onions, garlic and garlic scapes (the thin, sometimes curly stalks of hardneck garlic that taste just like the bulb). Judy Walker,, "A guide to New Orleans area produce: When to buy what," 18 Apr. 2018 Millennial Pink) at weddings this year, this colorful array of peonies, snapdragons, alliums and dahlias is a refreshing change from the recent norm. Country Living, "This Wedding Aisle is Over-the-Top in The Best Way Possible," 5 July 2017 In early spring, many of us set out onion and other allium starts. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "here is a timeline for planting crops this year in southern idaho | Idaho Statesman," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of allium

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allium

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, garlic

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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

2a : 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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