allium

noun
al·​li·​um | \ ˈa-lē-əm How to pronounce allium (audio) \

Definition of allium

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

Examples of allium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stroll the 10-acre garden and take in a display of more than 500 variations of irises, plus perennials such as lupine, allium, Icelandic poppies and delphinium. oregonlive, 3 June 2022 Stroll the 10-acre garden and take in a display of more than 500 variations of irises, plus perennials such as lupine, allium, Icelandic poppies and delphinium. oregonlive, 3 June 2022 Another nonnative suggestion for blending is summer-blooming allium Summer Beauty. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Stroll the 10-acre garden and take in a display of more than 500 variations of irises, plus perennials such as lupine, allium, Icelandic poppies and delphinium. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 Stroll the 10-acre garden and take in a display of more than 500 variations of irises, plus perennials such as lupine, allium, Icelandic poppies and delphinium. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 And best of all, the Boursin flavor comes through—garlic, chives, an allium bite. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 28 Feb. 2022 This pizza showcases the best of the allium family—from the sharp top notes of fresh chives to the deep flavors of sautéed leeks. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 Jeannine is the common variety of Allium moly, another umbelliferous and lower growing allium, but with bright yellow flowers on 10-inch stems in late spring. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of allium

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allium

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, going back to Latin ālium, allium "garlic," of uncertain origin

Note: Compared with Latin āla "wing," if the cloves of a garlic head are comparable to wings, though neither the derivational relationship nor the analogy are more than speculative.

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23 Jun 2022

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“Allium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allium. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for allium

allium

noun
al·​li·​um | \ ˈal-ē-əm How to pronounce allium (audio) \

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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