Definitions for garlicˈgɑr lɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gar•licˈgɑr lɪk(n.)

  1. a hardy plant, Allium sativum, of the amaryllis family, having a strongly pungent bulb.

    Category: Plants

  2. the bulb of this plant, consisting of smaller bulbs, or cloves, used in cooking.

    Category: Plants

  3. the flavor or smell of this bulb.

  4. (adj.)cooked, flavored, or seasoned with garlic:

    garlic bread; garlic salt.

Origin of garlic:

bef. 1000; ME garlec, OE gārlēac (gar spear +lēacleek )



Princeton's WordNet

  1. garlic, Allium sativum(noun)

    bulbous herb of southern Europe widely naturalized; bulb breaks up into separate strong-flavored cloves

  2. garlic, ail(noun)

    aromatic bulb used as seasoning

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. garlic(noun)ˈgɑr lɪk

    a small strong-tasting white vegetable, often fried to add flavor

    crushed garlic


  1. garlic(Noun)

    A plant of the genus Allium (related to the onion), having a pungent bulbous root much used in cooking. Scientific name: Allium sativum.

  2. Origin: From the , from (“spear”, in reference to the cloves) + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Garlic(noun)

    a plant of the genus Allium (A. sativum is the cultivated variety), having a bulbous root, a very strong smell, and an acrid, pungent taste. Each root is composed of several lesser bulbs, called cloves of garlic, inclosed in a common membranous coat, and easily separable

  2. Garlic(noun)

    a kind of jig or farce


  1. Garlic

    Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Garlic

    Allium sativum. One of the Liliaceae used as a spice and traditional remedy. It contains allicin, the pungent active ingredient, which may reduce blood cholesterol and inhibit platelet aggregation.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Grk. _gar_, for, and Lat. _liceor_, to bid. Good for the biddies.

Translations for garlic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a plant with a bulb shaped like an onion, which has a strong taste and smell and is used in cooking

The sauce is flavoured with garlic.

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