Definition of Welsh onion in English:

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Welsh onion

Entry from British & World English dictionary


An Asian onion that forms clusters of slender bulbs which resemble salad (spring) onions. It is the onion most commonly used in SE Asia.
  • Allium fistulosum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
Example sentences
  • They've got some unusual things growing there - Welsh onions are a perennial onion which grows in clumps.
  • In the cold frame outside the beans, peas Welsh onions and sweet peas are also doing well, and I'm now leaving the lid open all the time.
  • Sunday was a quieter day, garden-wise, but I did manage to pot up my 5 sweetcorn plants and I also planted up my strawberry tower with 11 petunias, 5 basil, 4 carrots and 4 Welsh onions.


Early 18th century (as Welch onion): Welsh from German welsch 'foreign'.

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