\ 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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Examples of leek in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another type, elephant garlic, is actually a type of leek that produces large, mild-tasting cloves – usually fewer per bulb than the true garlics. oregonlive, "It’s time to plant garlic in Oregon; here’s what you need to know," 28 Sep. 2020 Place onion, spinach, parsley and leek into food processor; pulse briefly. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pomeranian-style Oktoberfest brings some little-known flavors - and history," 22 Sep. 2020 The soups are hearty, comforting, one-bowl meals with flavors like Mexican beef tortilla, cream of potato and leek, smoked salmon chowder, and three-bean chili. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Pressed for time? These take-and-bake menus bring Anchorage restaurants to your dinner table," 17 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp oil with garlic, leek, thyme, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp salt on medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Veggie Pasta," 31 Mar. 2020 Add onion, carrots, leek, garlic, and 1/2 tsp salt and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Creamy Chickpea Soup," 28 May 2020 In a large bowl, toss cauliflower, garlic, leek, and chile with olive oil and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper; fold in Gruyere. Scatter cauliflower mixture over dough and bake until the crust is golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Cauliflower and Red Chile Pizza," 28 May 2020 And of course, vichyssoise, created by the French, is a cold potato and leek soup. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chilled soups are an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet," 9 July 2020 Ellie Krieger pulled together a light and lovely quiche with an olive oil crust holding a custardy leek filling. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions and talk about buttermilk, Diana Kennedy, restaurant openings (and re-closings), this week's recipes and more!," 24 June 2020

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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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9 Oct 2020

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“Leek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leek. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of leek

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

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