2. [syn: onion, onion plant, Allium cepa]
3. an aromatic flavorful vegetable;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Onion \On"ion\, n. [F. ognon, fr. L. unio oneness, unity, a
single large pearl, an onion. See One, Union.]
1. (Bot.) A liliaceous plant of the genus Allium (Allium
cepa), having a strong-flavored bulb and long hollow
leaves; also, its bulbous root, much used as an article of
food. The name is often extended to other species of the
2. The flavor of an onion.
Onion fish (Zool.), the grenadier.
Onion fly (Zool.) a dipterous insect whose larva feeds upon
the onion; especially, Anthomyia ceparum and Ortalis
Welsh onion. (Bot.) See Cibol.
Wild onion (Bot.), a name given to several species of the
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the bulb of an onion plant
2: bulbous plant having hollow leaves cultivated worldwide for
its rounded edible bulb [syn: onion, onion plant, Allium
3: an aromatic flavorful vegetable
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
The Israelites in the wilderness longed for the "onions and
garlick of Egypt" (Num. 11:5). This was the _betsel_ of the
Hebrews, the Allium cepe of botanists, of which it is said that
there are some thirty or forty species now growing in Palestine.
The onion is "the 'undivided' leek, _unio_, _unus_, one."