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
Recent Examples of leek from the Web
Other homegrown, or rather, college-grown, produce has included Mexican cucumbers, spicy lettuce, jalapeno and serrano peppers, leeks and eggplant.
While all fiber is good, here are some great prebiotic fiber sources: Jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic, and leeks, as well as chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds.
The food is as impressive as the view, from the jumbo scallops to the aviator chicken with leeks and tomatoes to the rich mac-and-cheese.
There’s also bacon dip ($5) and potato bacon leek chowder ($4), with plenty of cheap beers and cocktails to wash it all down with.
Kelly says to first slice up a bunch of leeks, zucchini, and garlic.
And why, exactly, are leeks so much grittier than their oniony cousins?
Potica is a typical highly nutritious Slovenian festive strudel with nuts, poppy seeds, cottage cheese, chocolate, tarragon, leek or honey fillings.
To prepare the leeks, trim the roots and the dark green upper parts and discard.
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Origin and Etymology of leek
Middle English, from Old English lēac; akin to Old High German louh leek
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of leek for English Language Learners
: a vegetable that has long green leaves rising from a thick white base and that tastes like a mild onion
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Definition of leek for Students
: a vegetable having leaves and thick stems which taste like a mild onion
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