Meaning of GARLIC in English

GARLIC

■ noun

1》 a strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavouring in cookery.

2》 the central Asian plant, closely related to the onion, which produces ~. [ Allium sativum .]

↘used in names of plants with a similar smell or flavour, e.g. wild ~ .

Derivatives

~ky adjective

Origin

OE gārlēac , from gār 'spear' (because the shape of a clove resembles the head of a spear) + lēac 'leek'.

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