- 1An edible bulb with a pungent taste and smell, composed of several concentric layers, used in cooking.More example sentences
- In another saucepan cook the garlic and spring onions in the vegetable oil until the onion is soft but not brown.
- Sweat the onion and diced vegetables in a little olive oil, they should soften and turn golden without browning.
- To relieve the tension we joked about going home to the smell of grilled onions and peppers.
- 2The plant that produces the onion, with long rolled or straplike leaves and spherical heads of greenish-white flowers.
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- Allium cepa, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
- Well I didn't get around to planting the onions last night, but I did dig up the second potato barrel.
- Bend over the leaves of spring-sown onions just above the neck of each bulb, to help the ripening process.
- Plant it among the cabbages and with onions and carrots to repel carrot fly.
know one's onions
- • informal Be very knowledgeable about something.More example sentences
- When it comes to real ales and strong continental lagers the landlord really knows his onions, having been lured away from the Fat Cat in Norwich, a pub which wins major awards every single year.
- There's room here for a few mavericks, including Canadian and Argentine labels, and - should you not know your onions - the young and friendly staff are happy to pass on their own top tips.
- And you need to know your onions when you tackle Beethoven, even before you get to the details of the music.
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- The latter are smoky, but not too smoky; fresh, not crispy; sticky with an oniony, chili-flecked syrup - and flavorful enough that they don't need the ranch.
- The saucy, oniony beans and yellow rice make it homey.
- I use them around the garden as companion plants, which means I'm never without the oniony component of salads, soups and stews.
Middle English: from Old French oignon, based on Latin unio(n-), denoting a kind of onion.
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