Definition of allium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈalēəm/

noun (plural alliums)

A bulbous plant of a genus that includes the onion and its relatives (e.g., garlic, leek, and chives).
  • Genus Allium, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae).
Example sentences
  • With hundreds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, lilies, alliums and other bulbs to consider for planting this fall, catalogues give both the visual sizzle and nitty-gritty information needed to make smart choices.
  • Allium moly is an ornamental allium, or flowering onion.
  • Consuming onions and other alliums like leeks and garlic also appears to lower rates of breast, esophageal, and stomach cancers.


Early 19th century: Latin, literally 'garlic'.

Words that rhyme with allium

gallium, pallium, thallium, valium

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Syllabification: al·li·um

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