garlic

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Garlic bulbs.
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From Middle English garlik, garleek, garlek, garlec, from Old English gārlēac (garlic, literally spear-leek), from gār (“spear”, in reference to the cloves) + lēac (leek). Cognate with Scots garlek, garleke, garlik (garlic).

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garlic (countable and uncountable, plural garlics)

  1. A plant, Allium sativum, related to the onion, having a pungent bulb much used in cooking.
    • 2013 March 1, David S. Senchina, “Athletics and Herbal Supplements”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 2, page 134:
      Athletes' use of herbal supplements has skyrocketed in the past two decades. At the top of the list of popular herbs are echinacea and ginseng, whereas garlic, St. John's wort, soybean, ephedra and others are also surging in popularity or have been historically prevalent.

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garlic (third-person singular simple present garlics, present participle garlicking, simple past and past participle garlicked)

  1. To flavour with garlic
    • 1966, Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, →ISBN, page 6:
      ...then through the sunned gathering of her marjoram and sweet basil from the herb garden, reading of book reviews in the latest Scientific American, into the layering of a lasagna, garlicking of a bread, tearing up of romaine leaves, eventually, oven on, into the mixing of the twilight's whisky sours against the arrival of her husband, Wendell (“Mucho) Maas from work, she wondered, wondered, shuffling back through a fat deckful of days which seemed (wouldn't she be first to admit it?) more or less identical, or all pointing the same way subtly like a conjurer's deck, any odd one readily clear to a trained eye.

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garlic

  1. Alternative form of garlek