elephant garlic


: an Old World herb (Allium ampeloprasum) of the lily family that is related to the leek and has a bulb that resembles that of garlic but is much larger
also : the mildly flavored bulb of the elephant garlic used especially as a seasoning

Examples of elephant garlic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another type, elephant garlic, is actually a type of leek that produces large, mild-tasting cloves – usually fewer per bulb than the true garlics. oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2021 Space elephant garlic cloves about six inches apart. oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elephant garlic was circa 1923

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“Elephant garlic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%20garlic. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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