Definition: Garlic

From New World Encyclopedia


From earlier garlick, garlicke, from Middle English garlek, garlik, from Old English gārlēac (garlic, literally spear-leek), from gār (spear, in reference to its sharp, tapering leaves) + lēac (leek). Cognate with Scots garlic (garlic), Faroese geirleykur (garlic), Icelandic geirlaukur (garlic).


garlic (countable and uncountable, plural garlics)

  1. A plant, Allium sativum, related to the onion, having a pungent bulb much used in cooking.
  2. A preparation from Allium sativum used as a food ingredient or the flavor or other characteristics of such an ingredient.

Derived terms

  • bear garlic
  • black garlic
  • broadleaf garlic
  • Canadian garlic
  • crow garlic
  • daffodil garlic
  • elephant garlic
  • false garlic
  • field garlic
  • garlic bread
  • garlic butter
  • garlic chive
  • garlic-germander
  • garlic knot
  • garlic mustard
  • garlic pear
  • garlic powder
  • garlic press
  • garlic root
  • garlic-sage
  • garlic salt
  • garlic toad
  • garlic treaclewort
  • garlic-tree
  • garlic vine
  • garlicwort
  • giant garlic
  • golden garlic
  • hard-necked garlic
  • hedge garlic
  • Italian garlic
  • keeled garlic
  • Levant garlic
  • meadow garlic
  • Neapolitan garlic
  • Oriental garlic
  • Spanish garlic
  • stag's garlic
  • white garlic
  • wild garlic
  • wood garlic

Related terms


garlic (third-person singular simple present garlics, present participle garlicking, simple past and past participle garlicked)

  1. To flavour with garlic.


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