\ ˈlēk How to pronounce leek (audio) \

Definition of leek

: a biennial garden herb (Allium porrum synonym A. ampeloprasum porrum) of the lily family that is commonly grown as an annual for its mildly pungent succulent linear leaves and especially for its thick cylindrical stalk

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Recent Examples on the Web Most recipes call for using only the white and light green parts of the leek, saving the dark greens for stock. New York Times, 17 May 2021 Boulud eventually secured a reservation five weeks later, and the first dish Chef André Soltner served him was a Billi Bi, a creamy mussel soup with potato, leek, and parsley. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 19 May 2021 To clean a leek, first slice off the hairy roots and trim away any withered, yellowing bits from the green leaves. New York Times, 17 May 2021 Other cold season vegetables include asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chives, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, kale, leek and spinach, which can all be planted in a container or directly into the ground in early spring. Zareen Syed, chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2021 In another large bowl, gently toss together the squash, leek, olives and 1 tablespoon of olive oil until everything is coated. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021 Asparagus and wild leek soup follow, as does the salad of organic lettuce topped with Asian pears, Oregon blue cheese and pecans. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2021 Fillings include beef, spinach, chicken, corn, and mushroom with leek. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2021 Make an extra batch of the leek confit to have on hand as a base for soups, stews, to toss with pasta or to serve on top of roast chicken or pork. Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of leek

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leek

Middle English, from Old English lēac; akin to Old High German louh leek

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

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“Leek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leek. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leek

: a vegetable that has long green leaves rising from a thick white base and that tastes like a mild onion


\ ˈlēk How to pronounce leek (audio) \

Kids Definition of leek

: a vegetable having leaves and thick stems which taste like a mild onion

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