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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These ingredients, along with garlic, are browned in oil, brightened with apple cider vinegar, then pureed in a blender. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 This is where lamb offal turns transcendent, as grill man Shoukat Ali, who’s been at it for 17 years, chops heart, liver, and other bits into an incredible stew scented with garlic, onion, chile, and garam masala. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Andrew Zimmern's Back-Alley Tour of Dubai Dining," 18 Oct. 2018 When toasted, rubbed with garlic and tomato, doused with olive oil and sprinkled with salt like the Catalans do, there are few things more delicious than bread. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists," 16 Aug. 2018 Next, head downstairs to Mario’s for Greek salad, skewers of shrimp, and tzatziki made with black garlic. Laura Itzkowitz, GQ, "Skip Santorini and Head to These Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead," 14 June 2018 Let’s share photos of refrigerator magnets made under the crafty, patient auspices of Miss Molly at BrightHorizons backup daycare, and food shots of Jean’s garlic broccoli, which was the last vegetable to pass Teddy’s lips two whole years ago. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 Combine chili-garlic sauce, lime zest and juice, and ginger in a bowl. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus," 21 Feb. 2019 Stir in 1 teaspoon minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Citrus, chicories and the winter farmers’ markets," 2 Feb. 2018 Stir in potatoes, parsley, minced garlic and chorizo, and cook 1 minute more. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Most Warming Winter Stew," 16 Nov. 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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