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garlic Line breaks: gar¦lic
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːlɪk/

Definition of garlic in English:


[mass noun]
1A strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavouring in cookery and in herbal medicine: [as modifier]: garlic butter
More example sentences
  • Thai Rice Noodles is dressed in coconut hoisin sauce and garlic chili paste.
  • We were also occasionally served bread slices spread with garlic butter.
  • The garlic butter in which the mushrooms are cooked will help the flavour of the pastry enormously.
2The central Asian plant, closely related to the onion, which produces garlic.
  • Allium sativum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
Example sentences
  • The family includes many familiar plant friends such as garlic, onion, asparagus tulip.
  • A member of the lily family, asparagus is also related to onions, leeks and garlic.
  • We also found that high consumption of onions and garlic, the allium family, was protective.
2.1Used in names of plants with a similar smell or flavour to garlic, e.g. wild garlic.
Example sentences
  • We were whisked through a blur of forest, bright with flowering broom, wild orchids and garlic to the island's main town, Sali.
  • Wild onion and wild garlic are both winter perennials.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːlɪki/
Example sentences
  • They don't stand on ceremony here, so the entrée arrives midway though our salad plate of crunchy sweet picked beets, garlicky beans and carrots and unassuming potato salad.
  • As the name implies, the skins are silvery-white and the taste is mild & garlicky.
  • This is a guy who can create a lovely, relatively simple snapper dish by sautéing a fillet in diet-friendly olive oil and topping it with a garlicky mix of tomatoes and briny capers.


Old English gārlēac, from gār 'spear' (because the shape of a clove resembles the head of a spear) + lēac 'leek'.

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