allium

[al-ee-uhm]
noun
1.
any bulbous plant belonging to the genus Allium, of the amaryllis family, having an onion odor and flowers in a round cluster, including the onion, leek, shallot, garlic, and chive.
2.
a substance occurring in garlic bulbs that has antibiotic properties.

Origin:
1800–10; < Neo-Latin, Latin: garlic

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allium (ˈælɪəm)
 
n
any plant of the genus Allium, such as the onion, garlic, shallot, leek, or chive: family Alliaceae
 
[C19: from Latin: garlic]

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