garlic

noun
gar·lic | \ˈgär-lik \

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

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Other Words from garlic

garlicky \ˈgär-li-kē \ 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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Combine oil and garlic in a small bowl, and drizzle over cheese mixture. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Pull Apart Pizza Bread," 20 June 2018 Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and thyme and season with ½ teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper, or to taste. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Cooking for comfort? Anthony Bourdain's rich lasagna Bolognese is one of our favorites," 8 June 2018 Add two cups water to saucepan with shrimp shells and remaining teaspoon seasoning and remaining teaspoon garlic, and the butter. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Grilling season is here; prosciutto-wrapped shrimp are a perfect way to celebrate," 31 May 2018 Transfer to oven and cook until garlic is tender and lightly browned, about 90 minutes. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Use a mortar and pestle to crush the garlic and the anchovies to a paste; add to the bowl, along with the sour cream and mayonnaise. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 Cook just a few seconds until garlic is very fragrant but not brown. Nick Marino, New York Times, "A Food Artist’s Surprisingly Low-Key Recipe (That She Eats With Her Hands)," 2 July 2018 In my experience, refrigeration changes the texture of the garlic for the worse. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018 In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, heat the oil. Saute the garlic until just softened, about 2 minutes. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bravo's ziti chicken dish gets new name, same great taste," 15 June 2018

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

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garlic

noun

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

garlic

noun
gar·lic | \ˈgär-lik \

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

garlic

noun
gar·lic | \ˈgär-lik \

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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