[syn: garlic, ail]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Garlic \Gar"lic\, n. [OE. garlek, AS. g[=a]rle['a]c; gar spear,
lance + le['a]c leek. See Gar, n., and Leek.]
1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Allium (A. sativum is the
cultivated variety), having a bulbous root, a very strong
smell, and an acrid, pungent taste. Each root is composed
of several lesser bulbs, called cloves of garlic, inclosed
in a common membranous coat, and easily separable.
2. A kind of jig or farce. [Obs.] --Taylor (1630).
Garlic mustard, a European plant of the Mustard family
(Alliaria officinalis) which has a strong smell of
Garlic pear tree, a tree in Jamaica (Crat[ae]va
gynandra), bearing a fruit which has a strong scent of
garlic, and a burning taste.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: bulbous herb of southern Europe widely naturalized; bulb
breaks up into separate strong-flavored cloves [syn:
garlic, Allium sativum]
2: aromatic bulb used as seasoning [syn: garlic, ail]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(Heb. shum, from its strong odour), mentioned only once (Num.
11:5). The garlic common in Eastern countries is the Allium
sativum or Allium Ascalonicum, so called from its having been
brought into Europe from Ascalon by the Crusaders. It is now
known by the name of "shallot" or "eschalot."