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Any of numerous, usually bulbous plants of the genus Allium, having long stalks bearing clusters of variously colored flowers and including many ornamental and food plants, such as onions, leeks, chives, garlic, and shallots.

[New Latin Allium, genus name, from Latin allium, garlic, variant of earlier ālium, probably of Mediterranean substrate origin.]


(Plants) any plant of the genus Allium, such as the onion, garlic, shallot, leek, or chive: family Alliaceae
[C19: from Latin: garlic]


(ˈæl i əm)

any bulbous plant of the genus Allium, of the amaryllis family, having flowers in a round cluster, including the onion, leek, shallot, garlic, and chive.
[1800–10; < New Latin, Latin: garlic]
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Noun1.allium - large genus of perennial and biennial pungent bulbous plants: garlicAllium - large genus of perennial and biennial pungent bulbous plants: garlic; leek; onion; chive; sometimes placed in family Alliaceae as the type genus
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
alliaceous plant - bulbous plants having a characteristic pungent onion odor
wild onion - any of various plants of the genus Allium with edible bulbs found growing wild
Allium acuminatum, Hooker's onion - a common North American wild onion with a strong onion odor and an umbel of pink flowers atop a leafless stalk; British Columbia to California and Arizona and east to Wyoming and Colorado
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