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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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Although the survey found diversities in the preparation and use of the herbal medicines in the different markets surveyed, plants commonly used to treat asthma included Tetrapleura tetraptera (Aidan in Yoruba), Crinum jagus (Ogede-odo in Yoruba), Olax subscorpioidea (Ifon in Yoruba), Chasmanthera dependens (Ato in Yoruba), Allium ascalonicum (Alubosa elewe in Yoruba) and Euphorbia lateriflora (Enu-opiri in Yoruba).
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Ideal candidates to mask the allium leaves include hardy geraniums or a flowing grass such as Stipa tenuissima.
Leeks (Allium porum) are part of the Allium family, along with onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions.
Some plants can be used as models in bioassays, such as Allium cepa, Tradescantia, and Lactuca sativa in order to investigate the action of some substances in the cell cycle.
Garlic is a member of the Allium (onion) family, and is closely related to onions, shallots and leeks.
ascalonicum is one of the important Allium species commonly used in the diet of Asians and in traditional medicine since ancient times.
Onions and garlic--two members of the allium family of vegetables--add unmistakable flavor to foods, but they also provide your body with natural chemicals called phytonutrients that have been linked with many health benefits.
El test de Allium cepa es de utilidad para conducir investigaciones sobre aguas, ya sean de consumo humano, de depositos municipales, aguas superficiales o subterraneas, efluentes cloacales u otras.
Israeli medical device maker Allium Medical (TASE: ALMD) has received confirmation from the US FDA that its Gardia embolic protection filter system has successfully achieved all the clinical study objectives at the early stage of recruitment of half the number of patients (120 patients out of 240), based on the interim results, the company said on Tuesday.
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