Garlic meaning

gärlĭk
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An onionlike plant (Allium sativum) of southern Europe having a bulb that breaks up into separable cloves with a strong distinctive odor and flavor.
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The bulb of this plant.
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A bulbous herb (Allium sativum) of the lily family.
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The strong-smelling bulb of this plant, made up of small sections called cloves, used as seasoning in meats, salads, etc.
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To season or flavor (a food) with garlic.
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A plant, Allium sativum, related to the onion, having a pungent bulb much used in cooking.
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Origin of garlic

  • Middle English from Old English gārlēac gār spear (probably in reference to the shape of a clove of garlic, resembling a spearhead, or to the shape of the leaves) lēac leek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Old English gārlēac, from gār (“spear”, in reference to the cloves) + lēac (“leek”).

    From Wiktionary