a hardy plant, Allium sativum, of the amaryllis family whose strongly, pungent bulb is used in cookery and medicine.
any of various other plants of the genus Allium.
the bulb of such a plant, consisting of smaller bulbs, or cloves, used in cooking, sometimes in the form of a powder or flakes.
the flavor or smell of this bulb.
cooked, flavored, or seasoned with garlic: garlic bread; garlic salt.
of or pertaining to garlic.

before 1000; Middle English garlec, Old English gārlēac (gar spear (cognate with German Ger) + lēac leek)

garlicked, garlicky, adjective Unabridged
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garlic (ˈɡɑːlɪk)
1.  a hardy widely cultivated Asian alliaceous plant, Allium sativum, having a stem bearing whitish flowers and bulbils
2.  a.  the bulb of this plant, made up of small segments (cloves) that have a strong odour and pungent taste and are used in cooking
 b.  (as modifier): a garlic taste
3.  any of various other plants of the genus Allium
[Old English gārlēac, from gār spear + lēacleek]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. garleac (Mercian), garlec (W. Saxon), from gar "spear" (in reference to the clove), see gar + leac "leek."
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Bible Dictionary

Garlic definition

(Heb. shum, from its strong odour), mentioned only once (Num. 11:5). The garlic common in Eastern countries is the Allium sativum or Allium Ascalonicum, so called from its having been brought into Europe from Ascalon by the Crusaders. It is now known by the name of "shallot" or "eschalot."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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