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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Add garlic, and simmer for another minute until browned. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 Add garlic and oil and cook until aromatic, 1 minute. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "30-Minute Pasta With a Superlative Sausage Ragù," 29 Nov. 2018 Heat olive oil in large pot on medium, then add garlic and onion. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Broccoli-Parmesan Chicken Soup," 28 Nov. 2018 Price: Appetizers including cheesy garlic bread, chicken wings and pulled pork nachos range from $3.99-$27.99 (for 36 wings). Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Emil's Tavern on Center in Grayslake," 9 July 2018 Then there’s the Queso de Cabra, made with baked goat cheese in tomato sauce on garlic bread. Bruce Ingram, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Meson Sabika in Naperville," 5 July 2018 Giordano’s Feed the gang with the special Fourth of July Family Meal Deal: a large, two-topping thin crust pizza, family house or Caesar salad, cheesy garlic bread and four soft drinks, coffee or tea beverages ($39.99). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Dinner features spaghetti with sauces, salads, garlic bread and delicious desserts. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Come check out world of ham radio at field day [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 14 June 2018 And chef Alex Raij, of Spanish restaurants La Vara and Txikito, loves them with cheese, on garlic bread with tomato, and even in pasta. Alex Van Buren,, "The $2 Ingredient That Will Make Your Chicken Taste So Much More Flavorful," 6 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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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 \

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 \

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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