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Garlic bulbs.
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From earlier garlick, garlicke, from Middle English garlek, garlik, from Old English gārlēac (garlic, literally spear-leek), from gār ("spear"; in reference to its sharp, tapering leaves) + lēac (leek). Cognate with Scots garlic (garlic), Faroese geirleykur (garlic), Icelandic geirlaukur (garlic).



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, David S. Senchina, “Athletics and Herbal Supplements”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 2, archived from the original on 16 May 2013, 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.
  2. (uncountable) A preparation from Allium sativum used as a food ingredient or the flavor or other characteristics of such an ingredient.

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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, chapter 1, in The Crying of Lot 49, New York: Bantam Books, published 1976, →ISBN, page 2:
      [] 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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  1. Alternative form of garlek