Definition of allium in English:



  • 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)

    • ‘Consuming onions and other alliums like leeks and garlic also appears to lower rates of breast, esophageal, and stomach cancers.’
    • ‘Allium moly is an ornamental allium, or flowering onion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A specialty crop of the Dutch, alliums are grown by nearly 50 flower bulb growers in Holland.’
    • ‘The wide use of alliums as ornamental plants, however, is a more recent phenomenon, first gaining favor about the middle of the 19th century.’


Latin, ‘garlic’.