Definitions for onionˈʌn yən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

on•ionˈʌn yən(n.)

  1. a plant, Allium cepa, of the amaryllis family, having an edible, succulent, pungent bulb.

    Category: Plants

  2. this bulb.

    Category: Plants

  3. any of certain similar plants.

    Category: Plants

Origin of onion:

1325–75; ME < OF oignon < L ūniōnem, acc. of ūniō a unity, large pearl, onion; see union

on′ion•y(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. onion(noun)

    the bulb of an onion plant

  2. onion, onion plant, Allium cepa(noun)

    bulbous plant having hollow leaves cultivated worldwide for its rounded edible bulb

  3. onion(noun)

    an aromatic flavorful vegetable

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. onion(noun)ˈʌn yən

    a round vegetable with many layers and a strong smell, used in cooking

    onion soup

Wiktionary

  1. onion(Noun)

    A monocotyledonous plant of genus Allium allied to garlic, used as vegetable and spice.

  2. onion(Noun)

    The bulb of such a plant.

  3. onion(Noun)

    The genus as a whole.

  4. onion(Noun)

    A ball.

  5. onion(Noun)

    A person from Bermuda or of Bermudian descent.

Freebase

  1. Onion

    The onion, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is used as a vegetable and is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. This genus also contains several other species variously referred to as onions and cultivated for food, such as the Japanese bunching onion, Egyptian onion, and Canada onion. The name "wild onion" is applied to a number of Allium species but A. cepa is exclusively known from cultivation and its wild original form is not known. The onion is most frequently a biennial or a perennial plant, but is usually treated as an annual and harvested in its first growing season. The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and the bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. In the autumn the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage. The crop is prone to attack by a number of pests and diseases, particularly the onion fly, the onion eelworm and various fungi that cause rotting. Some varieties of A. cepa such as shallots and potato onions produce multiple bulbs.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ONION

    The all-round strength champion of the Vegetable Kingdom, garlic and cabbage being close rivals.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'onion' in Nouns Frequency: #2655


Translations for onion

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

onion(noun)

a type of vegetable with an eatable bulb which has a strong taste and smell

pickled onions; Put plenty of onion in the stew.

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