leek

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noun \ˈlēk\

Definition of leek

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of leek

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


LEEK Defined for English Language Learners

leek

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noun \ˈlēk\

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


LEEK Defined for Kids

leek

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noun \ˈlēk\

Definition of leek for Students

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



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