Definition of allium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈalɪəm/

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.


Latin, 'garlic'.

Words that rhyme with allium

gallium, pallium, thallium, valium

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