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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Garnishes To counteract all the rich, hearty flavors, a little sharpness in the form of an allium is necessary.
The borders are a mix of perennials; bulbs; small shrubs; and vines, including allium, clematis, peonies, lilies, delphinium, hosta and poppies.
Some of the recipes use alliums in supporting roles, such as the leeks that team up with fresh dill and feta in a creamy spring tart.
Steak tartare, though, is slightly overthought, mixed with so many alliums that the flavor of the beef recedes.
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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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