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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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
Comfort food includes pea soup, sausage and mash, smoked haddock with creamed
  leeks.
Meanwhile, cut off and discard root ends and dark green tops from leeks.
These musky springtime cousins of leeks and garlic have a short season, and are
  thought to grow only in the wild.
It was preceded by warm leeks in vinaigrette and accompanied by deliciously
  buttery sautéed potatoes and a huge salad.
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