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

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Chives and bowfin caviar bead the omelet’s sloping surface, adding balancing pops of salinity and allium heat to each luxurious forkful. Fortune, "Review: Patience Is a Virtue Well-Rewarded at this New Orleans Hotel Bar," 14 July 2019 Tidy boxwood hedging outlines the spring display and provides a framework for later waves of allium and lilies that bloom companionably among the roses, valerian, yarrow and other summer perennials in the small but striking space. Lorene Edwards Forkner, The Seattle Times, "Richard Hartlage composes kaleidoscopic landscapes of bulbs — for Chihuly Garden and Glass, and his home," 13 Apr. 2019 Parmesan rinds, miso, and alliums like garlic and onions are all great, but herb stems belong in that pot too. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Use the Herb Stems You Definitely Shouldn't Be Throwing Away," 2 Mar. 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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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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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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