leek

noun \ ˈlēk \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of leek

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


LEEK Defined for English Language Learners

leek

noun

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

noun \ ˈlēk \

Definition of leek for Students

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


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