garlic

noun

gar·​lic ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio)
1
: a European allium (Allium sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery
broadly : allium
2
: a bulb of garlic
garlicky adjective

Examples of garlic in a Sentence

The recipe calls for two cloves of garlic, minced. a pasta dish flavored with basil and garlic
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English garlek, from Old English gārlēac, from gār spear + lēac leek — more at gore

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of garlic was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Garlic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garlic. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

garlic

noun
gar·​lic ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio)
: a European herb related to onion and grown for its bulbs that have a strong smell and taste and are used to flavor foods
also : one of the bulbs
garlicky adjective

Medical Definition

garlic

noun
gar·​lic ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio)
: a European bulbous herb of the genus Allium (A. sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery
also : one of the bulbs

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