gar·​lic | \ ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio) \

Definition of garlic

1 : a European allium (Allium sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery broadly : allium
2 : a bulb of garlic

Other Words from garlic

garlicky \ ˈgär-​li-​kē How to pronounce garlic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of garlic in a Sentence

The recipe calls for two cloves of garlic, minced. a pasta dish flavored with basil and garlic
Recent Examples on the Web To serve, mash the beans coarsely in the pot, leaving some whole, then mix in the garlic; taste, and season with more salt as needed. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 Then add in the garlic, habaneros, seasonings and stir to combine. John-john Williams Iv,, 18 Nov. 2021 Stir in the garlic, anchovies, and pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds., 3 Nov. 2021 Add cooked pasta and sauté until coated in the garlic and oil. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Chop them up, sauté them in some garlic and oil with the sausage. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 In a small bowl or large measuring cup, combine the sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, powder, onion powder, parsley, chives, salt and cracked pepper. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Jan. 2022 African iris, Asiatic lilies, amaryllis, blood lilies, bulbine, crinum, daylilies, Louisiana iris, society garlic, spider lilies, rain lilies, refrigerated Dutch iris, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths for forcing. Tom Maccubbin,, 1 Jan. 2022 Microwave onions, garlic, oil and red pepper flakes in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes; transfer to slow cooker. al, 31 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of garlic

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

History and Etymology for garlic

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

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“Garlic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of garlic

: a plant that is related to the onion and that has small sections (called cloves) which have a strong taste and smell and are used for flavoring foods


gar·​lic | \ ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio) \

Kids Definition of garlic

: a plant related to the onion and grown for its bulbs that have a strong smell and taste and are used to flavor foods


gar·​lic | \ ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio) \

Medical Definition of garlic

: 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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