What does onion mean?

Definitions for onion
ˈʌn yənonion

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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

GCIDE

  1. Onion(n.)

    The flavor of an onion.

    Etymology: [F. ognon, fr. L. unio oneness, unity, a single large pearl, an onion. See One, Union.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Onion

    un′yun, n. the name given to a few species of genus Allium, esp. Allium cepa, an edible biennial bulbous root.—adj. On′ion-eyed (Shak.), having the eyes full of tears.—n. On′ion-skin, a very thin variety of paper.—adj. On′iony. [Fr. oignon—L. unio, -onisunus, one.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ONION

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

Rap Dictionary

  1. onion(noun)

    A perfectly rounded ass. "Dat onion booty so nice, it makes me wanna cry"

  2. onion(noun)

    An ounce of narcotics.

Editors Contribution

  1. onion

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    The onions grew at the garden very easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of onion in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of onion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of onion in a Sentence

  1. Alan Watts:

    There is always something taboo, something repressed, un-admitted, or just glimpsed quickly out of the corner of one’s eye because a direct look is too unsettling. Taboos lie within taboos, like the skin of an onion.

  2. Police Superintendent McCarthy:

    The mayor has made it very clear that he has my back, and if people peel away the onion on what's happening right now in the policing world, you're going to find a police department that's doing an exceptional job.

  3. Khalid El Bakraoui:

    You can start basically peeling back the onion, hopefully what it will do is it will speed up the process by which they can actually look at all of the different elements of this and possibly roll up some more suspects.

  4. Larry Sharpe:

    Hemp and marijuana should be regulated like onions. No difference. If you can grow onion in your backyard, you can grow hemp or weed in your backyard. If you can grow onions in your farm, your family farm, you can grow help or marijuana in your family farm.

  5. Chris Kilham:

    – because your husband is right. Onions actually offer superior health benefits to some of our favorite superfoods, like pomegranates, green tea and red wine, he added. Manny Alvarez checked in with Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, for a second opinion. Onions are especially high in beneficial antioxidants including the super-antioxidant, quercetin, which is useful for the heart, for the immune system( and) for many, many things in the body, i would make the claim that onions are among the healthiest of all foods Manny Alvarez could possibly eat, and that if Manny Alvarez eat an onion every day - and I ’m not talking raw, Manny Alvarez can cook it, prepare it any way Manny Alvarez like - Manny Alvarez will do far more for Manny Alvarez health than eating lots of the super fruits that are available.

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