garlic

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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

garlicky

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Examples of garlic in a Sentence

  1. The recipe calls for two cloves of garlic, minced.

  2. a pasta dish flavored with basil and garlic

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Origin and Etymology of garlic

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



GARLIC Defined for English Language Learners

garlic

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Definition of garlic for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

garlic

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noun gar·lic \ ˈgär-lik \

Definition of garlic for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

garlic

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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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