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wild leek

noun
1.
ramp2 .

ramp2

[ramp] /ræmp/
noun, Usually, ramps
1.
a wild onion, Allium tricoccum, of the amaryllis family, of eastern North America, having flat leaves and rounded clusters of whitish flowers; eaten raw or used as a flavoring in cooked foods.
Also called wild leek.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; back formation from ramps ramson, variant (with intrusive p) of rams, earlier rammys, orig. the singular of ramson
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British Dictionary definitions for wild-leek

ramp

/ræmp/
noun
1.
a sloping floor, path, etc, that joins two surfaces at different levels
2.
a movable stairway by which passengers enter and leave an aircraft
3.
the act of ramping
4.
(Brit, slang) a swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices
5.
another name for sleeping policeman
verb
6.
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) (esp of animals) to rush around in a wild excited manner
7.
to act in a violent or threatening manner, as when angry (esp in the phrase ramp and rage)
8.
(transitive) (finance) to buy (a security) in the market with the object of raising its price and enhancing the image of the company behind it for financial gain
See also ramp down, ramp up
Word Origin
C18 (n): from C13 rampe, from Old French ramper to crawl or rear, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German ramp cramp
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Word Origin and History for wild-leek

ramp

n.

1778, "slope," from French rampe, back-formation from Old French verb ramper "to climb, scale, mount;" see ramp (v.). Meaning "road on or off a major highway" is from 1952, American English.

"rude, boisterous girl or woman," mid-15c., perhaps from ramp (v.). Cf. romp in Johnson's Dictionary (1755): "a rude, awkward, boisterous, untaught girl."

v.

c.1300, "to climb; to stand on the hind legs" (of animals), from Old French ramper "to climb, scale, mount" (12c., in Modern French "to creep, crawl"), perhaps from Frankish *rampon "to contract oneself" (cf. Old High German rimpfan "to wrinkle," Old English hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle"), via notion of the bodily contraction involved in climbing [Klein], from Proto-Germanic *hrimp- "to contract oneself." Related: Ramped; ramping.

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Related Abbreviations for wild-leek

RAMP

Rural Abandoned Mine Program
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