\ 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 Add leek, then cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 22 July 2022 Heat the olive oil in a large (14-inch) skillet over medium heat and add the garlic, leek, celery, pepper and salt. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2022 Daily Harvest discontinued its French lentil and leek crumbles as of June 17. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Annual flowers and vegetables to grow include cleome, geranium, vinca, wax begonia, rhubarb, tomato, leek, asparagus, onion, potato, and squash. Carol Stocker, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2022 Daily Harvest, which is also facing lawsuits, issued a recall of its French lentil and leek crumbles, which contain tara flour, and the FDA is investigating the outbreak. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 The seasonal menu can include a divine seabass ceviche, calamarata pasta, orzotto with scallops, a simple linguine with butter, anchovies, spicy taralli, broccoli and sweet garlic and Wagyu, black garlic, leek, caviar and chorizo. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 11 July 2022 An Oklahoma woman filed a product liability and personal injury lawsuit against Daily Harvest after nearly 500 people were allegedly sickened by the company’s French lentil and leek crumbles. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 Approximately 28,000 packages of the French lentil and leek crumbles were produced between April 28 and June 17, according to the company. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 See More

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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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“Leek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leek. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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\ 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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