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[gahr-lik] /ˈgɑr lɪk/
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 relating to garlic.
Origin of garlic
before 1000; Middle English garlec, Old English gārlēac (gar spear (cognate with German Ger) + lēac leek)
Related forms
garlicked, garlicky, adjective Unabridged
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  • Various studies have suggested that eating garlic can be good for you.
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  • But garlic is light and you don't need much for the taste.
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  • Instead, exotics such as garlic mustard can muscle in, taking up space and shading out native flowers and tree seedlings.
  • We would spread the pizza box on the floor, open up containers of garlic dipping sauce for our crust, and talk.
  • garlic has been harvested, leaving room to plant winter squash.
  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic for about a minute.
  • Tables buckle under heaps of chili-, garlic- and cabbage-themed side dishes.
British Dictionary definitions for garlic


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

Old English garleac (Mercian), garlec (W. Saxon) "garlic," from gar "spear" (in reference to the clove), see gar + leac "leek" (see leek).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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garlic in the Bible

(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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