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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The borders are a mix of perennials; bulbs; small shrubs; and vines, including allium, clematis, peonies, lilies, delphinium, hosta and poppies.
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Origin and Etymology of allium
New Latin, genus name, from Latin, garlic
First Known Use: 1600See Words from the same year
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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