leek

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English[edit]

The vegetable leek

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English lēac (a garden herb, leek, onion, garlic), from Proto-Germanic *lauką (leek, onion) *laukaz, from Proto-Indo-European *leug- (to bend). Cognate with Dutch look (garlic, leek), Low German look, Look, German Lauch (leek, allium), Danish løg, Swedish lök (onion), Icelandic laukur (onion, leek, garlic). See garlic.

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leek (plural leeks)

  1. The vegetable Allium ampeloprasum, of the lily family, having edible leaves and an onion-like bulb but with a milder flavour than the onion.
  2. Any of several species of Allium, broadly resembling the domesticated plant in appearance in the wild.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin lāicus (layman, laic), from Ancient Greek λαϊκός (laikos, of the people), from λαός (laos, the people).

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leek m (plural leken, diminutive leekje n)

  1. layman, non-clergyman
  2. layman, non-expert, amateur
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leek (comparative leker, superlative leekst)

  1. (obsolete) lay, worldly, secular, profane
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leek

  1. singular past indicative of lijken

Etymology 3[edit]

Germanic, cognate with lek, lekken and English (to/a) leak.

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leek

  1. first-person singular present indicative of leken
  2. imperative of leken

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leek m (plural leken, diminutive leekje n)

  1. leak(ing)
  2. drop
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Etymology 4[edit]

Cognate with laak, Latin lacus, English lake.

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leek ? (plural leken, diminutive leekje n)

  1. small body of water, like a pool; gave rise to place names

Etymology 5[edit]

Unknown; local dialect in the Dutch region Betuwe.

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leek ? (plural leken, diminutive leekje n)

  1. (botany) the plant Rumex crispus
  2. (by extension) related plants of that genus: sorrel, dock
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leek (genitive leegi, partitive leeki)

  1. blaze, flame, fire

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