\ 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 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 For an entree to follow, try an adaptation of Nancy Silverton’s recipe for roasted chicken thighs with lemon, thyme and rosemary, served on top of or next to braised leeks, with sheet-pan roasted potatoes. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "What to Cook This Weekend," 28 Feb. 2020 The crops planted in the soils included garden cress, rocket (aka arugula), tomato, radish, rye, quinoa, spinach, chives, peas and leeks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Space Farmers Could Grow Crops in Lunar and Martian Soil, Study Suggests," 22 Oct. 2019 Highlights include quiche lorraine with bacon, take-and-bake strawberry and blueberry scones, Faroe Island salmon with pea puree and leeks and cheesecake with Murray Family Farms’ cherry sauce. Los Angeles Times, "Where to order Mother’s Day takeout in Los Angeles and Orange County," 4 May 2020 Stitt worked with local farmers for produce, from baby leeks and lettuce to farm fresh eggs. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Frank Stitt to reopen Bottega for takeout and curbside service," 29 Apr. 2020 Parmesan and cheddar work in tandem to pack a seriously cheesy punch to the rich sauce, leeks and garlic add their aromatic flair and the veggies add some tasty nutritional value. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "7 big batch recipes to feed your stuck-at-home crowd," 13 Apr. 2020 Prebiotics are found in many fruits and vegetables like asparagus, artichokes, onions, leeks, and bananas. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Banana Fritters: Quick and easy snack to boost immune system," 5 Apr. 2020 Reduce heat to medium-low and add onions, leeks, and garlic. Erika Dugan And Kate Merker, Country Living, "White Wine Coq Au Vin," 5 Apr. 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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“Leek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leek. Accessed 12 Jul. 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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