onion

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Onions
A sliced onion

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English onyon, union, oinyon, from Anglo-Norman union et al. and Old French oignon, from Latin ūniōnem, accusative of ūniō (onion, large pearl). Displaced the inherited term ramsons.

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onion (plural onions)

  1. A monocotyledonous plant of genus Allium allied to garlic, used as vegetable and spice.
  2. The bulb of such a plant.
  3. (uncountable) The genus as a whole.
  4. (obsolete baseball slang) A ball.
  5. (colloquial, chiefly archaic) A person from Bermuda or of Bermudian descent.

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