1. [syn: leek, scallion, Allium porrum]
2. related to onions; white cylindrical bulb and flat dark-green leaves;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leek \Leek\ (l[=e]k), n. [AS. le['a]c; akin to D. look, G.
lauch, OHG. louh, Icel. laukr, Sw. l["o]k, Dan l["o]g. Cf.
A plant of the genus Allium (Allium Porrum), having
broadly linear succulent leaves rising from a loose oblong
cylindrical bulb. The flavor is stronger than that of the
Wild leek, in America, a plant (Allium tricoccum) with a
cluster of ovoid bulbs and large oblong elliptical leaves.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: plant having a large slender white bulb and flat
overlapping dark green leaves; used in cooking; believed
derived from the wild Allium ampeloprasum [syn: leek,
scallion, Allium porrum]
2: related to onions; white cylindrical bulb and flat dark-green
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(Heb. hatsir; the Allium porrum), rendered "grass" in 1 Kings
18:5, 2 Kings 19:26, Job 40:15, etc.; "herb" in Job 8:12; "hay"
in Prov. 27:25, and Isa. 15:6; "leeks" only in Num. 11:5. This
Hebrew word seems to denote in this last passage simply herbs,
such as lettuce or savoury herbs cooked as kitchen vegetables,
and not necessarily what are now called leeks. The leek was a
favourite vegetable in Egypt, and is still largely cultivated
there and in Palestine.