Wild-leek

wild leek

noun
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ramp

2 [ramp]
noun Usually, ramps.
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:
1530–40; back formation from ramps ramson, variant (with intrusive p) of rams, earlier rammys, orig. the singular of ramson

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ramp (ræmp)
 
n
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.  slang (Brit) a swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices
5.  another name for sleeping policeman
 
vb
6.  (intr; 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.  (tr) 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
 
[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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ramp
1778, "slope," from Fr. rampe, back-formation from O.Fr. verb ramper "to climb, creep" (12c.), perhaps from Frank. *rampon "to contract oneself" (cf. O.H.G. rimpfan "to wrinkle," O.E. hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle"
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RAMP
Rural Abandoned Mine Program
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