garlic

noun
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

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Other Words from garlic

garlicky \ ˈgär-​li-​kē How to pronounce garlicky (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

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In small bowl, combine crushed fennel, garlic, thyme and 2 tablespoons oil. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fennel and Thyme Pork Roast with Root Vegetables," 8 Mar. 2019 Also try: thinly sliced tomatoes, onions, garlic, or almonds. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cook Anything with a Torch," 8 Feb. 2019 Place garlic and one tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 The idea to do this stemmed from the recent introduction of H-E-B Grand Champion charcoal briquettes that come with pieces of dried onion and garlic ($4.98 for about 7 pounds) infused into them. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 Combine with the garlic and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Recipes: Summer salads from Arizona chef show it's a great time to eat healthy," 5 June 2018 But like most foods, garlic is even better when fried. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "A New Take on Three Bean Salad with Way More Fried Garlic," 4 June 2018 The brussels sprout pizza is supreme, with just the right amount of smoke from the pancetta to match the spicy garlic, bitter sprouts, and creamy Fior di Latte. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 The earthy shiitake mushrooms, the salty gorgonzola cheese, and the crispy garlic and onions are totally irresistible. 2. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every Pastry at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Ranked," 5 Feb. 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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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 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

garlic

noun
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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