leek

[leek]
noun
1.
a plant, Allium ampeloprasum, of the amaryllis family, allied to the onion, having a cylindrical bulb and leaves used in cookery.
2.
any of various allied species.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English lēac; cognate with German Lauch, Old Norse laukr

leak, leek.
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leek (liːk)
 
n
1.  Also called: scallion an alliaceous plant, Allium porrum, with a slender white bulb, cylindrical stem, and broad flat overlapping leaves: used in cooking
2.  any of several related species, such as A. ampeloprasum (wild leek)
3.  a leek, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales
 
[Old English lēac; related to Old Norse laukr, Old High German louh]

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Word Origin & History

leek
O.E. læc (Mercian), leac (W.Saxon) "leek, onion, garlic," from P.Gmc. *lauka- (cf. O.N. laukr "leek, garlic," Dan. løg, Swed. lök "onion," Du. look "leek, garlic," O.H.G. louh, Ger. lauch "leek"). No known cognates; Finnish laukka, O.C.S. luku are borrowed from Gmc.
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Leek definition


(Heb. hatsir; the Allium porrum), rendered "grass" in 1 Kings 18:5, 2 Kings 19:26, Job 40:15, etc.; "herb" in Job 8:12; "hay" in Prov. 27:25, and Isa. 15:6; "leeks" only in Num. 11:5. This Hebrew word seems to denote in this last passage simply herbs, such as lettuce or savoury herbs cooked as kitchen vegetables, and not necessarily what are now called leeks. The leek was a favourite vegetable in Egypt, and is still largely cultivated there and in Palestine.

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Example sentences
Seemingly the best minds are befuddled how to stop this runaway oil leek.
The crock pot is now full again, this time with the beginnings of leek and
  potato soup.
Wash chopped leek in a bowl of cold water, then lift out and drain well.
Cut up leek, carrot, and celery and in a large saucepan bring to a boil with
  remaining ingredients.
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